Women who are pregnant can expect to experience many changes in their bodies – and this includes changes in their oral health. That’s because the pregnancy resulted in significant changes in certain hormone levels, which can affect the health of women and babies.
At Wisdom Teeth Doctors, we offer a range of general dentistry services to help mothers-to-be maintaining their oral health during pregnancy. Here is a quick look at the relationship between pregnancy and oral health, and how you can keep up with healthy teeth and gums during the critical months.
Common Oral Health Problems During Pregnancy
Pregnancy can put women at higher risk of certain oral conditions such as gingivitis and cavities, so it’s good to know what signs to look for and how to prevent problems. Here are a few conditions that can exacerbate or surface during pregnancy:
- Gingivitis: Most pregnant women experience gingivitis to some degree – the earliest form of gum disease that causes swollen gums, pain and bleeding. It is important to seek dental care early in pregnancy for gingivitis because it can develop into periodontal disease – increases the risk of premature delivery and low birth weight in infants.
- Tooth decay: There are many reasons pregnant women are more susceptible to cavities. For one, a change in eating habits during pregnancy – such as increased consumption of sugary or starchy foods – can cause damage. If you are experiencing a lot of morning sickness or vomiting during pregnancy, it may increase the amount of acid in your mouth, which can damage the enamel of your teeth and make you more susceptible to cavities.
- Tumors of pregnancy: Some pregnant women develop pregnancy tumors due to hormonal changes in the body. These benign growths form between the teeth, usually during the second trimester, and usually go away by themselves. Although they are not dangerous, this growth can also be removed if they disturb or interfere with eating.
Identifying Dental Problems in Pregnancy
You may experience oral health problems during pregnancy, but the good news is that many of these challenges can be easily met by maintaining the health of your mouth.
If you expect, here are some tips about dental care during pregnancy to help you identify and avoid oral health problems:
Let your dentist know as soon as you are pregnant. We can notice changes in your mouth during routine visits and resolve the problem as soon as they appear.
Committed to the habit of good oral hygiene during pregnancy to prevent problems. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. Avoid eating too much sugar to prevent plaque from building up, and follow a balanced diet that promotes a healthy mouth and body.
Observing changes in the teeth and gums during pregnancy. If you detect any abnormalities in your mouth or mouth to develop painful symptoms, talk to your dentist immediately so that we can provide appropriate treatment.
We’re Here for You and Your Baby
Whether you are expecting your first child or your fifth, it is a very exciting time in a woman’s life. Take care now to make sure poor oral health doesn’t compromise your health or the health of your baby. If you have questions about dental health during pregnancy, contact us today. We look forward to providing the extra care and attention you and your baby need.