Oral Health Changes to Expect When You’re Expecting
As we all know, pregnancy effects the entire body, and the mouth is no exception. For most women, routine dental visits are safe during pregnancy, but be sure to let the friendly staff at Dental365 know what stage of pregnancy you are in when you make your appointment. Also, upon arrival of your visit, be sure to let the staff know of any change in the medications you take or if you have received any special advice from your physician.
Pregnancy can cause dry mouth, which makes it extremely important to maintain oral hygiene during pregnancy. This includes the typical routine of brushing for two full minutes twice daily, flossing daily and using an antimicrobial mouthwash. If dry mouth is causing you discomfort, drink plenty of water to help rinse away bacteria growing in the mouth that would typically be cleared away by saliva.
The increase in progesterone may encourage the growth of the bacteria that cause gingivitis. Around the second month of pregnancy, some women will start to notice symptoms, such as gums that are swollen, redder than normal and bleed more easily during brushing. Symptoms will usually start to subside after the baby is born and you shouldn’t be too concerned. However, you can always come in for a checkup with your dentist if you are in pain or uneasy.
Enamel erosion is common for women who have vomiting due to morning sickness. Frequent vomiting can quickly lead to erosion of the teeth. If you are experiencing morning sickness, remember to not brush immediately after vomiting. Vomit is highly acidic and will leave the enamel of your teeth susceptible to damage, even from gently brushing. Instead, rinse your month with water, then brush 20-30 minutes later.
If you are pregnant and concerned about your oral health, give us a call at 844-365-DENTAL to reach the Dental365 location nearest you. Our thorough dentists will make sure your oral health is on the right track and make sure you are at your healthiest when your little bundle of joy arrives.