How Pregnancy Impacts Your Oral Health

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    How Pregnancy Impacts Your Oral Health

    Pregnancy can be a very exciting time in life. However, it is inevitable that your body will undergo a variety of changes. Your mouth, of all things, is one that may be affected. But this doesn’t mean there is no hope for your teeth during pregnancy. On the contrary, it is important to give extra attention to your oral care during this time.

     

    Many women will experience increased mouth sensitivity during pregnancy, including bleeding gums during brushing and flossing. This is perfectly normal.  Pregnancy hormones can cause inflammation, which leads to extra sensitivity. More importantly, these hormones also make your mouth more susceptible to bacteria and plaque, so keeping your oral care under control is of utmost importance.

     

     

    Things to Keep in Mind:

     

    • Floss and brush regularly – If you don’t use an electric toothbrush, I recommend the use of a soft bristle toothbrush. It’s even more important now as your gums are more sensitive than usual.  Because of this sensitivity, be careful not to brush too aggressively.
    • Consider a mouth rinse.  Mouth rinses will reduce plaque and bacteria and protect your teeth and gums.  We will be able to recommend something that is effective and safe for your baby.
    • Chew sugarless gum.  If you aren’t able to brush after eating, sugarless gum will increase the saliva in your mouth and rinse your teeth.  For added benefit look for a gum that has xylitol.
    • Visit us.  It’s important to stay on track with your checkups and cleanings during pregnancy. If there are any potential concerns or needed treatments, it’s best to be aware of them as soon as possible.  This way we can help you make informed decisions about your oral health.

     

     

    During pregnancy, most dental procedures and local anesthetics are completely safe.  However, be sure to inform us that you are pregnant at the beginning of your appointment.  We will be able to advise you of any procedures that require extra care or should be postponed until after birth.

     

     

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