Congratulations Mom-to-be! Being pregnant comes with more and more responsibilities – and oral hygiene is no under exception! It’s the right time to think about the health of your teeth and mouth.
Recent studies showed that approximately 40% of women have some form of gum disease or tooth decay during pregnancy. If left untreated, these dental issues can have real consequences and also can lead to serious problems with your overall health and your baby’s including increased risk of premature birth.
How Might Pregnancy Affect my Mouth?
Unfortunately, hormone levels due to pregnancy may increase your risk of dental problems. Due to hormone level changes, some women develop a condition called “Pregnancy Gingivitis”, an infection of gums that can use gum swelling and tenderness. Because of this, your gums may also bleed when you floss or brush. Left untreated, it can lead to serious infections, so it’s better to consult your dentist immediately. Your dentist may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to prevent this.
Increased Tooth Decay
Morning sickness & nausea can increase the amount of acid your mouth, which can eat away the enamel of your teeth, which in turns leads to tooth decay. If you’re eating more carbohydrates than usual, this can also cause decay. Brushing and flossing twice a day and regular dental visits are to be followed to stay away from tooth decay.
During the second trimester, some women experience the overgrowth of tissue called “Pregnancy Tumors” appears on the gums. It’s not a cancer tumor rather it may be related to excess plaque. They usually disappear after your baby is born. So no need to worry…. But if you’re still concerned, talk to your dentist in Parramatta about this.
Tips to Minimize Any Dental Problems during Pregnancy
- Regular tooth brushing twice daily, flossing once daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting the dental clinic in Parramatta regularly will help reduce dental problems that accompany pregnancy.
- If you suffer from morning sickness and nausea, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water or with a fluoride mouthwash to keep the acid level under control.
- Dry mouth can put you at the increased risk of dental problems such as tooth decay and infections. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and chew sugarless gum to increase the production of saliva.
- Be sure to intake foods high in calcium. Calcium can be found in milk, cheese, dried beans, and green leafy vegetables. You need calcium for the growth of your baby's teeth and bones.
Taking care of your oral health during pregnancy will help keep you and your baby health. Take care of your smile and wait for few months to see your baby's lips curl! Wishing you and your baby loads of health & happiness!
The author is an experienced dentist in Parramatta and also he writes to share his experiences and lessons in parenting. In this article, he conveys his ideas on dental care during pregnancy. For more details, visit https://www.parramattagreendental.com.au or Follow Us at https://plus.google.com/107209525746807057266/about. Address: Shop 1141B, Level 1, Westfield Parramatta, 159 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW - 2150