Your Dental Care during Pregnancy
Pregnancy brings a lot of change to a woman’s body, and these changes can affect the smile, too. During pregnancy, you are at a higher risk of acid erosion, gum disease, and tooth decay. These problems are bad enough when you are not pregnant, but when you are, they can affect not only your body but your baby, too. Periodontal disease has been linked with delayed conception, a higher risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, and preterm birth.
When you are pregnant, your hormones tend to fluctuate and increase dramatically. These hormones can make your gums more sensitive and prone to pregnancy gingivitis, which can lead to swollen, tender gums that bleed easily. Bacteria can grow more easily in your mouth and attack your newly sensitive gums. Without treatment, pregnancy gingivitis can quickly deteriorate into periodontitis.
Nausea and morning sickness can also affect your mouth. Each time you vomit, your teeth are exposed to extremely caustic acids, which break down the enamel on your teeth. If the remineralization process cannot keep up with the demineralization, a cavity will form.
You can keep your smile healthy during pregnancy with regular cleanings and checkups. Maintain excellent dental hygiene at home, and monitor your teeth and gums for any signs of changes. If you need a dental treatment, let us know that you are pregnant so that we can take all necessary precautions. Call our dentist today to learn more about keeping your smile safe during pregnancy, or to schedule your appointment with our team.
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