If you’re pregnant, you’ve likely noticed big changes to your body. However, are you aware of the effects on your dental health? Although you have a lot on your mind, it’s important to remember the health of your teeth and gums. While you wait for your little bundle of joy to arrive, here’s what you should know about dental health and pregnancy.
How Pregnancy Affects Oral Health
Hormones and Gum Swelling
During pregnancy, hormones tend to be all over the place, which can wreak havoc on your gums. Since gums are more prone to swelling during pregnancy, it can lead to a common condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Thankfully, this condition can be avoided with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings.
Morning Sickness and Tooth Erosion
Unfortunately, morning sickness is extremely common during the first trimester. Although your oral health while you’re may be the last thing on your mind, it’s important to understand the affects stomach acid has on your tooth enamel. To protect your teeth, we recommend swishing with baking soda and water right after a spell of morning sickness. This will naturalize the acid.
Visit Your Mills River Dentist
Routine dental check-ups are essential for maintain healthy teeth and gums during pregnancy. When visiting your dentist, be sure to let them know that you’re pregnant. They may need to adjust treatments or medications.
Brush Up on Your Oral Hygiene
Pregnancy causes a variety of changes in your body and daily lifestyle. Don’t forget to take care of your oral health. If you have questions about your dental care or would like to schedule a dental cleaning, contact Mills River Family Dental today at 828-799-0900.