Pregnancy comes with many huge biological and physical bodily changes, and it effects your mouth too! Expecting mothers should be aware of the changes they can expect in their mouths, as well as their body and lifestyle.
What Dental Conditions Develop During Pregnancy?
Your gums may become a little tender or inflamed during pregnancy due to the changes in your hormone levels. These hormones make your gums more sensitive, irritable, and more prone to bleeding. Any buildup of bacteria along the gum line can also irritate the gums and cause them to swell or bleed. This is referred to as ‘pregnancy gingivitis’.
The best way to combat pregnancy gingivitis is to keep on top of your dental hygiene by flossing and brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, and seeing your dentist for regular dental checkups.
Morning Sickness Decay
One of the unfortunate side effects of being pregnant is having morning sickness. Strong stomach acids pass through our mouths when we vomit, and these acids are extremely corrosive to our teeth. It is important that you clean your mouth properly, by first rinsing your mouth, then brushing and flossing, after you have experienced morning sickness. If not cleaned properly, these acids can damage your teeth enamel and cause noticeable decay.
Usually during the second trimester, some women develop benign, non-cancerous growths of tissue on the gums. They are red bumps that usually disappear after the birth of the baby, but if they do not, they can be removed at the dentist.
Can Poor Oral Health affect a Pregnancy?
Research has shown a connection between poor oral health in expectant mothers and possible complications with the birth. Complications can include premature contractions for the mother, a premature birth, a low birth-weight for the baby, or infection in the newborn child.
Pregnancy gingivitis is the main culprit for these complications if it is left untreated. It is the buildup of bacteria in an expecting mother’s mouth that is swallowed and transferred to the baby through the blood and the womb’s amniotic fluid, which results in complications.
At Creekstone Dental, we are able to give you the best dental care, before, during and after your pregnancy. If you are expecting or trying for a baby, book an appointment at our Midvale office for expert counsel on how best to treat your oral health issues throughout your pregnancy.