Caring for Teeth While Pregnant

Pregnancy is an amazing and exciting time in your life. In between check-ups, baby showers and birthing classes, don’t forget to put visiting the dentist on your to-do list. Seeing your dentist for a check up is not only safe, but important for your oral health. Unfortunately, poor dental habits have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. As your body changes, the increased hormones can also impact your oral health. Below, you will find a few common pregnancy-related dental issues you may run into:

Increased Risk of Tooth Decay - Pregnant women can be more prone to increased tooth decay due to the increased acidity levels which can eat at the enamel on your teeth. Increased acidity levels can be caused by: morning sickness or gastric reflux. Also, increased consumption of carbs, sweets, and lack of brushing due to gag reflexes can affect your teeth.

Pregnancy Gingivitis - An inflammation of gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. May also cause bleeding of the gums.

Pregnancy Tumors - This is rare, but an overgrowth of tissue can develop on the gums. These growths have a red, raw looking texture and may also bleed. This normally appears during the 2nd trimester and may be due to excessive plaque.

Loose Teeth - Your hormones can affect the ligaments and bone that hold your tooth in their socket. If you notice any movement, contact our office right away.

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

It’s important to let your dentist know if you’re pregnant. Before any dental appointment, make sure you check with your obstetrician to see if there are any precautions or instructions for you. Get your mouth back on track with these tips:

● Brush twice daily

● Floss daily

● Switch to a softer toothbrush if your gums bleed

● Avoid sugary treats

● Eat a healthy balanced diet

● Visit your dentist for a professional cleaning

● If you have lots of morning sickness, try rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to stop the acid from attacking your teeth.

Pregnancy is not the time to skip out on your routine check up. There are many procedures that may be done safely, if urgent, but any elective procedures should be put on hold until after your pregnancy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the changes happening in your mouth, contact Bassett Creek Dental at 763-546-1301. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sources:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/pregnancy/concerns

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-during-pregnancy/article/brushing-teeth-while-pregnant-good-but-not-enough-0214



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