You have so much to think about during pregnancy but don’t overlook your oral health, which can be affected by hormonal changes. During pregnancy, you may be more likely to develop gingivitis which is an infection of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums may bleed a little when you brush or floss due to an exaggerated response to the presence of plaque. Left untreated, gingivitis can affect the supporting tissues that hold your teeth in place.
DENTAL CARE DURING PREGNANCY
We encourage our patients to see the Hygienist / Dentist during pregnancy for oral examinations and professional cleaning. Radiographs (x-rays) often can be delayed until after your baby is born.
To help prevent caries (tooth decay) and gum disease, brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque. Be sure to clean between your teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner. At your dental visits we can show you how to brush and floss correctly.
DIET AND SNACKING
Frequent snacking may increase your risk of developing tooth decay, which is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms constantly on teeth. This bacteria converts sugar and starch remaining in the mouth after eating to acid that attacks tooth enamel. The longer the sugars remain in your mouth, the longer the acids attack the natural tooth structure resulting in decay. Try to choose healthy low sugar snacks that will maintain your energy levels and try to clean your teeth more frequently if you find yourself snacking more than usual.
ORAL HEALTH AND OVERALL HEALTH
Your oral health is an important part of your overall health, and untreated dental disease can be harmful to you and your baby. Be sure to include your oral health in your daily routine and keep your Hygienist and Dentist informed of any changes in your oral health during pregnancy.