Many women choose to begin a family while they are young, and pregnancy can be an exciting experience. However, pregnancy can also pose oral health risks.
Maintaining good oral health during pregnancy is important for both the mom-to-be and the developing baby. A growing child’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy. The health of the mother’s teeth and gums may affect the strength and development of the baby’s teeth. Additionally, harmful oral bacteria may enter the bloodstream through gum disease, causing an increased risk of preeclampsia, premature birth, low birth weight, or a number of other complications.
For most women, pregnancy is a happy time filled with excitement. However, some women are plagued by morning sickness and persistent nausea throughout the nine months. Morning sickness is often accompanied by vomiting, which can leave the teeth and gums vulnerable to erosion from stomach acids. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after each episode to wash away the acid, and don’t forget to brush and floss at least twice a day. Ask your dentist for a fluoride rinse to use after you vomit to keep your teeth protected.
Many pregnant women experience an increase in saliva production to compensate for the extra fluid in the body. This additional saliva can soften the enamel on teeth and make it easier for plaque to accumulate and cause decay or gum disease. Be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water on a regular basis throughout the day to help with dry mouth issues. Your dentist may recommend more frequent professional cleanings or recommend a prescription-strength toothpaste to help keep your teeth clean.
On the other hand, during pregnancy, hormones can exaggerate some oral health conditions like gingivitis or dry mouth. Brushing regularly can help curb this problem. However, you should discuss any concerns about brushing or flossing with your dentist to avoid any sensitivities in your gums during this time. Seeing a dentist during pregnancy is also a great way to ensure the health of your teeth and gums remain strong for when the baby arrives.
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