A woman’s body experiences significant changes during pregnancy, but she probably doesn’t give much thought to what’s happening to her teeth. However, a pregnant woman’s mouth undergoes various changes due to hormonal fluctuations associated with carrying a baby. Because of this, it can lead to more cavities and other dental problems.
Change Your Toothpaste – The First Trimester
A woman’s gums can become more irritated during the first trimester of her pregnancy and this condition may continue throughout the entire term. A less abrasive toothpaste will help to avoid sensitivity when brushing. Milder kinds of toothpaste are easier on tooth enamel and will come in handy if she is experiencing morning sickness.
Don’t Forget to Floss! – The Second Trimester
An increased amount of plaque may build up on a pregnant woman’s teeth as the increase in hormonal changes occurs. Her gums may bleed more than usual when flossing but it’s vitally important that she continue to floss twice per day. Rest assured, gums in a healthy mouth should go back to normal after the pregnancy is over.
Heartburn – The Third Trimester
Unfortunately, many women experience heartburn in the third semester of their pregnancy. You can create a barrier that prevents acid from causing damage by swishing coconut oil in the mouth for 5 minutes after brushing.
Your dental health is a major component of your overall well-being during pregnancy. If you are a woman who is pregnant or hopes to become pregnant, taking care of every aspect of your health is crucially important during this time in your life.
If you have any additional questions about how pregnancy can affect your oral health, please don’t hesitate to reach out at (828) 631-3283.
David S. McGuire, DDS