Pregnancy can be the cause of dental problems in some women, such as increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. With correct dental hygiene and care during pregnancy, you can hopefully avoid these problems.
There are many causes of dental health issues during pregnancy. Sometimes they are caused by vomiting from morning sickness or cravings for sugary foods. The acid from vomit can coat your teeth, damaging enamel and increasing the risk of decay. Sugary snacks feed the bacteria in your mouth and can cause the same effect.
The changes in hormones can also make some women susceptible to gingivitis, periodontal disease or pregnancy epulis (localised enlargement of the gum, which can bleed easily). Hormonal changes can call cause sensitivity in teeth and gums.
Many women wonder if it is safe to visit the dentist while they are pregnant. The answer is YES! Dental cleaning and treatment are safe and encouraged for pregnant women because a healthy mouth is as important for you as it is for your baby.
The best way to have a healthy smile during pregnancy is to practice good oral health. Here are some helpful tips-
- Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush twice daily. Be sure to thoroughly clean along the gum line and use a fluoride toothpaste to help keep any plaque from building up.
- Floss your teeth at least once every day. Flossing removes any other food and bacteria that can build up between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach.
- What you eat when you’re pregnant not only has a great impact on your baby’s health but it also has an important role in your oral health. Try to limit the amount of acidic foods that you consume. Focus on eating healthy, nourishing foods.
- Even if you have established a healthy oral care routine, you should have at least one dental clean during your pregnancy and always be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant.
If you are experiencing any gum problems during pregnancy, book an appointment with one of our friendly team at Pimpama City Dental Centre to have your tooth and gum health evaluated.