As a woman goes through pregnancy, her body experiences many changes. Aside from what the hormonal changes of pregnancy can do to a woman’s emotional state, these hormonal changes can also effect her dental health. It’s important to be aware of dental changes that take places during pregnancy in order to ensure optimum dental hygiene in health.
Morning sickness is not only unpleasant, but for women who are effected by it, they will also experience increased acidity levels in their mouth, which in turn places them at a higher risk for tooth decay. Higher levels of gastric acid can occur in the mouth from vomiting. While stopping morning sickness from occurring is out of a woman’s control, taking extra steps to ensure good dental hygiene by brushing, flossing and avoiding acidic foods can help to balance out this problem.
Rinse with a mixture of baking soda and water after having a morning sickness episode. Remember to brush with a soft bristle toothbrush and floss twice a day. Also use a fluoride mouthwash. It is highly recommended to treat and deal with any pre-existing dental problems before a pregnancy begins.
When progesterone and estrogen levels rise within the body, the ligaments and bones that play a crucial role in supporting the teeth are affected. This change can cause teeth to loosen. Even in women who experience no gum disease or signs of it, this change can still take place.
During the hormonal fluctuations that take place during pregnancy, a woman is at a higher risk for gingivitis and gum disease. The inflammation of gum tissue, which takes place during gingivitis, can lead to gum disease when it is not properly treated. It is extremely important to treat this problem, as it has been linked to low birth weight and preterm babies.
We recommend visiting your dentist around the time of your first visit to the obstetrician so we can identify and handle possible complications. If you notice oral changes at anytime throughout your pregnancy, call your dentist. Bleeding gums are a symptom of gingivitis and gum disease. Feel free to call Bolivar Family Dental with any questions or concerns you may have about your dental health during pregnancy.
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