How Pregnancy Affects Oral Health
Changing hormones during a women’s pregnancy makes your gums more sensitive. This can lead to a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis”. If left untreated it can lead to more serious gum diseases.
During pregnancy, some women develop noncancerous lumps, called “pregnancy tumors” on their gums that may bleed and cause discomfort. They usually disappear after birth, however occasionally they need to be removed.
Morning sickness can cause an excess of acid in the mouth, which erodes teeth over time.
Tips To Prevent Dental Health Problems During Pregnancy
- If it has been more than 6 months since your last dental visit, or you have any oral health concerns, schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.
- Inform your dentist that you are pregnant and what’s your due date.
- If your current toothpaste is making you feel nauseous, switch toothpaste brands or change to a milder flavor.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, or more often if the bristles are frayed.
- If you have morning sickness, immediately rinse with water
If you are expecting and have questions about oral health or need to make an appointment, feel free to contact Family SmileCare Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, today.