08 Nov How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health
Becoming pregnant is a momentous step for both parents; however, the mother will actually be carrying the child for nine months and will undoubtedly be affected in many ways. If you are trying to become pregnant, it is even more important to stick to a daily routine of brushing and flossing coupled with visits to the dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam.
When you first discover you are pregnant, a visit to the dentist early on to learn how your teeth and gums can be impacted as well as having your teeth cleaned are great first steps. Any cosmetic work that is not necessary may be delayed until after the birth of your child. Just make sure that you have made all dental staff aware of your condition with each visit (you may think your appearance makes it obvious you are pregnant, but it doesn’t hurt to offer a reminder).
In addition to the changes you will no doubt experience to your body, your teeth and gums are particularly at risk during this time. Changes to your hormonal balance can lead to sensitivity; bleeding or swollen gums may occur. Make sure you are brushing and flossing every day.
If you should develop gingivitis during your pregnancy, it is important to see your dentist right away. Untreated gum disease can contribute to the low birth weight of your child, and even premature labor and childbirth.
Morning sickness is very common especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. This can be harmful to your teeth as the acids from your stomach are very corrosive and can damage dental enamel. Many pregnant women struggle to brush their teeth especially in the morning; you need to thoroughly rinse your mouth following a bout of morning sickness and brush as soon as you can.
Another common malady that affects the gums is pregnancy tumors. These are red bumps on the gums that often disappear following childbirth. They are not dangerous; if they do not go away on their own, your dentist can remove them.
Following the birth of your child, you may find it difficult to make time to take care of yourself. However, do not neglect your oral health. Brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet, and visit our team at Friendly Dental Care every six months for cleaning and exam.