Pregnancy can impact on your dental health. Pregnancy is a time of unusual changes for a woman’s body, and these changes can impact your teeth and gums. If you’re currently pregnant (or trying to be!) then you have a host of hormones to thank for all these changes. Dr Rachel Hall leading holistic dentist in Kenmore Brisbane discusses three ways you can expect your pregnancy to impact your dental and oral health along with some tips that will help you prepare for what to expect.
The first thing you may notice once you are pregnant is your sensitive gums. Your hormones are shifting and changing and this can make your gums react to the tiniest bit of plaque. They may become swollen, red, itchy, and bleed when touched with a toothbrush or floss.
It is very important to keep your teeth and gums clean during pregnancy if you want to have the best dental health. The less plaque on your gums, the better. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and floss gently around each tooth. I know this can be difficult if you are struggling with morning sickness so do the best you can and incorporate a good antibacterial mouthwash into your routine where you can.
Ask your dentist for recommendations on gum care during pregnancy. Now is the time to pay special attention to your gum health as there are links to poor dental health and pregnancy complications like preterm birth.
Some women suffer from a condition called “hyperemesis gravidarum” during pregnancy which is severe form of morning sickness.
The bad news for dental health is that repetitive vomiting is damaging to teeth. Being ill on a regular basis means that teeth are exposed to acids nearly every day which dissolve tooth enamel causing erosion and thinning of the tooth enamel.
Enamel can’t be replaced. As it thins out, teeth progressively get weaker and more sensitive and prone to decay.
To counter the acid erosion wash your mouth out with water after you vomit and rinse with toothpaste rather than brushing your teeth – brushing straight after acids wears the dissolved enamel away faster.
Try using a remineralising toothpaste such asBiomin by rubbing it on your teeth and leaving it in place. Otherwise, try some nuts or seeds if you can or using minerals salts dissolved in water as a mouthwash to replace the calcium being eroded from the teeth.
Pregnant women who don’t struggle with morning sickness may be at an increased risk for developing cavities because of tooth decay. This can be due to a shift in eating patterns or cravings.
Pregnancy tends to cause unusual cravings. Expectant women feel better after snacking on the foods they’ve been craving. Those cravings are rarely for a balanced diet rich in a variety of nutritious foods.
If you experience such pregnancy cravings, then you may find yourself reaching for sweets or processed carbohydrates, biscuits and fizzy soft drinks or fruit juice, all of which promote tooth decay.
Even if your diet is balanced, you’re probably tempted to slack off on the oral hygiene. Expectant moms tend to have more important issues to worry about than brushing their teeth. But you’ll regret it if you neglect your dental health now! Brush and floss every day and eat healthy products to keep your mouth strong.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene During Pregnancy
Research suggests that aggressive gum disease in pregnant mothers can increase the chances of delivering prematurely, so maintaining good gum health is a must. Keeping your teeth healthy can reduce stress on your body and baby.
Maintain a steady routine of good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for prenatal dental checkups for more information.
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