Pregnancy & Oral Health: What Expecting Mothers Need to Know

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When people think of physical changes associated with pregnancy, they tend to imagine growing bellies and swollen feet. But pregnancy can also affect your teeth and gums. In the hubbub of preparing to bring your bundle of joy into the world, don’t forget about keeping your smile healthy! Here are a few things for expecting mothers to keep in mind when it comes to pregnancy and your oral health.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Pregnancy can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster of hormones. You may be surprised to learn that hormone shifts can cause gum inflammation, sometimes referred to as pregnancy gingivitis. If you notice that your gums are more sensitive or bleeding more than usual, don’t panic. Tell your dentist at your next check-up and we’ll keep an eye on things.

Morning Sickness & Tooth Enamel

Morning sickness is one of the more unglamorous aspects of pregnancy. Stomach acids from being sick can weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities and other issues. Once your queasiness subsides, be sure to brush your teeth or at least rinse with water to neutralize the acids and keep your smile strong.

Pregnancy Cravings

Pregnancy cravings can have you hankering for some pretty unusual snacks. If your cravings skew toward the sweet side of things, keep an eye on how much sugar you’re consuming. Too much sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth, so indulge in moderation as best you can.

Dental Care During Pregnancy

Keeping up with your regular dentist visits and at-home oral hygiene is key to staying healthy throughout your pregnancy. Routine cleanings and cavity fillings are perfectly safe, but more intensive procedures will likely have to wait until after you give birth. Be sure to inform your dentist that you’re pregnant and if you have any concerns they should know about at your appointment.

The team at High Point Dentistry is here to answer your questions and help keep your smile bright and healthy throughout your pregnancy journey, so schedule your next appointment with us today!

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