Pregnancy can be the gateway to many dental problems in women including, gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay. For the record, pregnancy doesn’t automatically damage your teeth. If your body is deficient of calcium, her bones – not her teeth- will provide the needed calcium. However, increased hormones can affect your body’s initial response to plaque, and in return make you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
With proper oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly, you’re sure to keep your teeth healthy throughout pregnancy.
Research has linked gum disease and premature birth with low birth weight. Babies who are born prematurely may risk a range of health conditions including cerebral palsy and problems with eyesight and hearing. A simple visit to your dentist can also help to keep your baby safe and healthy while developing. Some dental insurance companies even recommend it.
You are far less likely to experience tooth complications if you are already practicing good oral hygiene at home. If you plan to become pregnant be sure to schedule an appointment with your dental provider and treat any concerns your dentist may have.
Pregnancy may affect your dental care. For example, the dentist may put off taking x-rays until after the birth of your baby. If dental x-rays are unavoidable, the dentist can take precautions to ensure your baby’s safety.
The hormones associated with pregnancy can make some women susceptible to gum problems including:
During pregnancy, the gum problems that occur are not due to increased plaque, but a worse response to plaque as a result of increased hormone levels.
Tell your dentist about any gum problems that you might have. Switch to a softer toothbrush and brush your teeth regularly, at least twice every day. Use toothpaste that like Clinpro that contains fluoride.
Pregnancy hormones soften the ring of muscle that keeps food inside the stomach. Gastric reflux or the vomiting associated with morning sickness can coat your teeth with strong stomach acids. Repeated reflux and vomiting can damage tooth enamel and increase the risk of decay and erosion. To prevent this:
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