Pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of dental problems, especially gum disease. At the same time, oral health issues can impact the health of the baby after it is born. Here is more about how oral health is affected by pregnancy and how to take care of your teeth and gums during this time.
Oral Health Risks During Pregnancy
Hormonal fluctuations caused by pregnancy can drive growth of oral bacteria, resulting in a higher likelihood of periodontal problems. Vomiting associated with morning sickness exposes teeth to stomach acid, which can erode the enamel and pave the way to cavities. Finally, if too few nutrients are eaten to support both the mother and the child, immunity may also suffer and the teeth may not receive routine repair by the body.
Protecting Your Oral Health During Pregnancy
An effective oral hygiene routine for pregnant mothers should include daily home care and regular check-ups. Every day, brush your teeth at least twice but preferably after every meal. Floss at least once to clear grime out from between teeth, where bacteria tend to grow. Regular visits to our office will ensure that your teeth and gums are watched for problems and treatment can be performed if necessary.
Nourishing foods that are recommended for pregnant mothers also help support healthy teeth and gums. Depending on your oral health risk profile, you may be advised to receive more frequent exams during pregnancy. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about how pregnancy interacts with oral health.
Back to Blog