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Pregnancy causes your body to undergo many changes and requires you to take additional and special care of your health.
Because your intake of nutrients and minerals during pregnancy must accommodate for you and your baby, getting a sufficient amount ensures a healthy pregnancy and the proper development of your baby.
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Dental Care during Pregnancy
To maintain healthy teeth during pregnancy, you should first consider how pregnancy affects your oral health.
When you are pregnant, elevated hormone levels in your body actually affect the way your gum tissue reacts to plaque.
Pregnancy makes your gums much more sensitive and prone to gum disease such as gingivitis.
Gum disease is so common among pregnant women that the term ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ is sometimes used to describe the resulting condition.
If not treated or monitored, gingivitis can lead to more serious periodontal diseases.
Pregnancy also causes the risk of non-cancerous tumours in the mouth which are the result of irritated gums.
These are usually left alone and shrink after childbirth or can be removed by a dentist if they become too uncomfortable for the mother.
It is extremely important to see a dentist regularly for check-ups and cleaning as well as maintain healthy oral hygiene at home and a healthy diet during pregnancy.
Failure to do so can significantly increase the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
Most Common Reasons for Oral Health Problems During Pregnancy
- Gum disease
- Irritated or inflamed gums due to vomiting or retching
- Sugary and acidic food and drinks
- Poor nutrition
- Poor oral hygiene
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums During Pregnancy
- See your dentist as soon as you know you’re pregnant to have your teeth and gums evaluated and get professional advice
- Brush teeth and gums every morning, night, and after meals when possible
- Brush your gums gently with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste
- Make sure to brush the gum line—where the teeth and gum meet—thoroughly
- Floss thoroughly and regularly
- Limit sugary food and drinks such as soda, snacks, and too much fruit juice
- Sip water throughout the day
- Rinse your mouth out regularly
- Avoid smoking
- See your Warrnambool dentist regularly
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Pregnancy & Dental Care
1. Does pregnancy make a woman more susceptible to dental problems?
Yes. Pregnancy causes big changes in the levels of certain hormones, and these, in turn, have a powerful influence on your body.
2. Is it normal to have bleeding gums during pregnancy?
It’s not uncommon, but it does indicate that you need to pay careful attention to your oral hygiene at this time.
Pregnancy hormones can cause the tiny blood vessels in your gums to become enlarged; when plaque bacteria are not effectively removed from the mouth, the gums may become inflamed and begin to bleed.
3. Is it safe to have dental cleanings and check-ups during pregnancy?
Yes, in fact, it’s a very good idea to have at least one. Studies have shown that women who receive dental treatment during pregnancy face no more risks to their developing babies than those who don’t.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Nishant Hurria
Dr Nishant Hurria is an Australian-based health professional and the principal dentist of Warrnambool Dental with a special interest in Crowns & Bridges and Dental Implants.