Pregnancy is a magical time filled with anticipation and many changes in your lifestyle, health, diet and more. Your mouth may also experience changes and may require more attention to maintain its health. We, at Dr. Rick Dentistry, are here to support you during your pregnancy and at any phase in your life to ensure you always enjoy a healthy, confident smile.
Pregnancy and Oral Health
Did you know that approximately 40 percent of pregnant women have some form of gum disease, the earliest stage of which is gingivitis? The raised hormones during pregnancy may increase sensitivity to dental plaque, resulting in sensitive, swollen, and bleeding gums.
Morning sickness can cause many dental problems for expectant mothers. Exposure to stomach acid due to vomiting can lead to tooth enamel erosion, sensitivity, and decay. It’s advisable to rinse your mouth out carefully after vomiting to prevent damage to your teeth. If morning sickness interferes with brushing your teeth, you may want to consider changing to a bland-tasting toothpaste during your pregnancy. We are more than happy to make recommendations.
Cravings for sugary treats and beverages may also increase the risk of developing cavities. Try to stick to healthy, low-sugar snacks or treats to keep your teeth in tip-top shape.
Can Dental Disease Affect Developing Babies?
Research has shown a link gum disease and premature delivery and lower birth weights. Babies born prematurely may be at risk of different health conditions including problems with eyesight and hearing, cerebral palsy, and more. Caring for your gum health during pregnancy may reduce the risk of premature birth.
Get Your Teeth Ready for Pregnancy
If you are planning on becoming pregnant, you may want to get your teeth checked and have any needed dental procedures done. Additionally, maintaining good oral habits can help lessen the risk of developing dental problems during pregnancy. It is essential that you brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily between your teeth, and keep up with your regular visits to your dentist.
Caring for Your Teeth During Pregnancy
Routine cleanings and checkups are safe during pregnancy. You may be more susceptible to developing dental problems during this time, so getting frequent cleanings as directed by your dentist is necessary. You will also need to keep up a meticulous oral hygiene regimen at home to help keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay.
It is also essential to make sure to consume a healthy, balanced diet to keep you and your baby healthy. Many expectant mothers are not aware that their baby’s teeth start developing between the third and sixth months of pregnancy. Make sure your food is rich in nutrients, especially vitamins A, C and D, protein, calcium, and phosphorous to make sure your baby’s teeth, gums, and bones develop properly.
We Are Here for You
Pregnancy is an exciting time with many new experiences and changes. We, at Dr. Rick Dentistry, are here to help ensure your dental health is in tip-top shape so you can focus on preparing to meet your precious little newcomer. We look forward to helping care for your dental health every step of the way!