Pregnancy and Oral Health
Pregnancy affects every aspect of your life, your diet, your life-style, your health and much more! During pregnancy, you need to pay special attention to your oral health not only for your own sake but also for your growing baby.
You are going to be more prone to dental problems!
One of the main concerns with expecting mothers is pregnancy gingivitis. Around 40% of pregnant women would have gum disease or gingivitis. Due to raised level of hormones during pregnancy, you will be more prone to dental issues, plaque accumulation and bleeding or swelling gum. Some studies have related expecting mothers with gum disease to lower birth weights or premature delivery.
You might find a lump around the gum line near your teeth on the gum, this can happen in 5% of pregnancies, these lumps are called Pregnancy tumour and unlike how their name sounds they are completely harmless and will go away after you give birth. These lumps are not cancerous and can be easily removed by your dentist.
Morning sickness and it’s effect on your oral health:
pregnant women usually experience sensitive gag reflex and vomiting. Even brushing and flossing can cause vomiting sometimes. Stomach acid is very strong and can damage and erode teeth which will cause decay and sensitivity eventually. To neutralize the acidity after vomiting we recommend rinsing your mouth with a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with water.
How to Protect your teeth during pregnancy?
After realizing you are pregnant one of your fist stops should be the dentist’s office. If you are planning to have a baby have a chat and examination with your dentist so you can fix any dental issues before conceiving. Any dental issue will get worse during pregnancy and better to be treated before you are carrying a baby, not to put you or your foetus in un-necessary stress.
During pregnancy having your routine dental cleaning and scaling is a must, and there is no harm in it. You need to brush twice a day and floss before you brush daily to prevent pregnancy induced gingivitis from getting worse.
Your diet is one of the most important things during pregnancy. Between third and sixth month of pregnancy your baby’s teeth will start developing. You need to have a diet full of vitamins A, C and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous to make sure your baby’s teeth, gum and bone develops perfectly.
Pregnancy can bring with it a lot of changes and responsibility, but we want our patients to know that here at Gorgeous Smiles we are here for you. We want to make sure that your dental health is taken care of so you can focus on preparing for your little one to come. So whether you’re planning on becoming pregnant or already are, we’d love to see you at Gorgeous Smiles and help you throughout the way!
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|The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified dentist in Melbourne with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.|