Dental Issues that Arise During Pregnancy

pregnant womanMany changes take place in your body during pregnancy, including changes to your dental health. The increase of hormone levels in your body can alter your dental health, leaving you more susceptible to bacteria and plaque.

Gingivitis – Some women may develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis” during the first trimester. The symptoms of this condition include swollen, bleeding, red, and tender gums. Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight, so it is essential to monitor your dental health during pregnancy.

Plaque – When your hormone levels change during pregnancy it can make your body less resistant to plaque and cavity-causing bacteria. Schedule regular cleanings with your Niles dentist so that you can avoid declining dental health during pregnancy.

Enamel Erosion – If you suffer from morning sickness, you are also at risk for enamel erosion. Morning sickness increases the acidity in your mouth, which can wear down tooth enamel. Before brushing your teeth, rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to neutralize the acid and minimize erosion.

To maintain your oral health during pregnancy, we recommend scheduling regular teeth cleanings, continuing to brush and floss twice a day, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash. Contact our dentist today to schedule an appointment.