With dental offices opening across the United States, people are now able to schedule non-emergency dental procedures again, which will help reduce the risk of tooth decay and other severe oral problems. This is especially prevalent if you're pregnant.
During pregnancy, your mouth is more susceptible to bacteria and plaque because of the changing hormone levels, both of these can make your gums tender, increasing the possibility of tooth decay and gum disease. Here are a few things to keep an eye on while pregnant:
- Second-trimester gum inflammation- Your gums may become swollen, tender, and bleed a little bit while brushing and flossing.
- Plaque buildup- Sticking to a good dental routine can help. Your body might not fight off plaque very well when you are pregnant. Ask your dentist about an antimicrobial mouthwash to help keep plaque off of your teeth.
- Periodontal disease- Although pregnancy doesn't cause this disease, it can make it worse if you already have it.
- Pregnancy tumors- First of all, they are non-cancerous. But they are growths of tissue that can appear on your gums, most often during the second trimester. Related to excess plaque.
Oral hygiene is something you need to practice daily. This is especially true for pregnant women. Dental tips you can practice are:
- Brush your teeth twice daily. But if you notice your gums are tender and/or swollen because of pregnancy gingivitis, try switching to a softer bristled toothbrush and brush very gently.
- Floss every day. Swollen and tender gums are very common, but ask your dentist if you have any growing concerns.
- Schedule a cleaning every six months or as instructed by your dentist.
- Ask your dentist about an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help combat the build-up of plaque.
- If you're experiencing morning sickness/vomiting, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water. This will help prevent stomach acid from attacking your teeth and causing tooth decay.
- Make sure you are eating foods with calcium, B12 and vitamin C to maintain healthy gums.
A Healthy Diet
Not only will a healthy, well-balanced diet keep you and your teeth healthy during pregnancy, but it can have an impact on the development of your baby's teeth when they start showing around the three to six-month time-frame of your pregnancy and beyond.
- Make fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and healthy dairy products a part of your diet.
- Limit sugary foods and drinks.
- Drink plenty of water between meals.
Arnold Dentistry is now open! If you are pregnant and have any questions, concerns or would like to schedule a cleaning, give Arnold Dentistry a call.
We are excited to see all of you again!
Source: Dental Associates