How Does Pregnancy Affect Your Teeth?

How Does Pregnancy Affect Your Teeth?

Morning sickness, food cravings, glowing skin – these are common changes that affect your body during pregnancy. But, did you know that your oral health can be impacted too? Now is more important than ever to see your dentist for preventive care.

Keep reading to learn how pregnancy can affect your teeth. 

Hormonal Changes Can Cause Gum Disease 

Do you notice your gums are swollen, and tender, and bleeding easily during brushing and flossing? It may be pregnancy gingivitis, a condition caused by increased levels of estrogen and progesterone. 

If you notice the signs of gum inflammation, make sure to see your dentist as soon as possible. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is an irreversible condition that can cause serious dental problems.

Morning Sickness Can Affect Your Teeth

Every time you are nauseous and end up vomiting, your teeth are exposed to stomach acids, which can erode the enamel and increase the risk of cavities. 

To minimize tooth erosion, be sure to rinse your mouth with water or fluoride mouthwash after vomiting. Avoid brushing immediately to prevent further damage.

You May Develop a Sweet Tooth and That Can Affect Your Oral Health 

As your pregnancy progresses, you may discover that you are craving sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods. But, eating these foods regularly can increase your risk of tooth decay, as oral bacteria thrive on sugar and produce acids that wear down the tooth enamel. 

Try to maintain a balanced diet and limit the intake of sugary snacks and drinks both for your oral and overall health. 

You're at a Higher Risk of Developing Cavities

Pregnancy can also increase the risk of cavities and here's why. 

Hormonal changes can affect saliva production, which can lead to a dry mouth – a symptom that increases the risk of tooth decay. 

Proper Oral Hygiene Is Key to Good Oral Health During Pregnancy 

Maintaining good oral health during pregnancy is vital to ensure the well-being of both the mother and the baby. 

Make sure to:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. 

  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings to monitor and address any potential issues. Be sure to inform your dentist about your pregnancy, as certain dental procedures and medications should be avoided during this period.

  • Consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Limit the intake of sugary foods and drinks.

  • Drink plenty of water to help combat dry mouth and neutralize acids in the mouth after vomiting due to morning sickness.

Pregnancy is a fascinating journey. While challenging at times, it's possible to maintain good oral health during this wonderful period. And, if you want your little one to have a good start too, bring them to My Kids Happy Teeth as soon as their first little tooth emerges or even sooner. 

Just fill out the form on our website to book your little one's appointment. 

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