Dental Care for Women Who are Expecting
Did you know that pregnancy can affect your smile? When you are pregnant, the hormonal changes can increase the risk of certain dental problems. The blood flow to your gums increases, and you might be at a higher risk of acid erosion, thrush and other issues due to pregnancy symptoms. Good dental care can keep you smiling throughout your pregnancy.
1. Gum health
Pregnancy gingivitis affects about half of pregnant women, but you can reduce the odds of being affected by maintaining excellent dental hygiene. Brush and floss carefully after meals. Schedule routine dental cleanings periodically. You might need them more frequently than every six months depending on your dental care needs.
2. Periodontal disease
Without treatment, gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease, which destroys the gums and bone tissue. Periodontal disease has been linked to miscarriage, preterm birth, low birth weight and other serious pregnancy complications.
3. Acid erosion and tooth decay
Frequent vomiting and morning sickness can expose your teeth to stomach acids, which can destroy the enamel of your teeth. If you vomit, do not brush your teeth immediately, which can push the acid deeper into the enamel. Instead, rinse your mouth with water to flush away the excess acids. Wait half an hour before brushing to give your saliva an opportunity to neutralize the acid in your mouth.
Call our dental office today to find out more or to schedule your next appointment with our team.
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