Pregnancy Changes The Body AND the Mouth 

Follow these tips to enjoy optimal oral health during pregnancy for you and your baby. 

 

Maintain Your Dental Cleanings

  1.  Go to your Dentist for a Check-up and Cleanings: – Some moms don’t realize it is safe to get a cleaning during their pregnancy or they are afraid it will hurt because their gums are already sore and bleeding. It is not only safe, it is highly needed. Hormonal changes can cause dry mouth issues which can lead to increased risk of tooth decay. The hormone Relxin has a relaxing effect on the ligaments holding your teeth, which may make your teeth feel as if they are becoming loose. This loosening doesn’t normally cause problems, as long as your tooth and gum foundation is good. It is something to have monitored as it can cause the normal alignment of the bite to shift.  Lastly, pregnancy gingivitis causing swollen, bleeding gums can contribute to gum disease, which can cause pre-term labor and lower birthweight.
  2. Treat Morning Sickness. – Regular bouts of morning sickness can erode the tooth material, increasing risk of decay. If the hormonal changes of pregnancy are causing sever vomiting, getting medication from a doctor may be necessary.  However, most can be managed with ginger chews, making sure to eat regularly, and eating small meals throughout the day.
  3. Brush and Floss Even If Your Gums are Sore- Brush as soon as your wake up before breakfast and then again before bed. Make sure your brush throughout the day if you have vomited. Also use a brush with soft bristles or use an electric toothbrush.  Be gentle with your floss, but don’t skip it. It is easier for food and bacteria to get stuck in swollen and inflamed gums. Doing a warm Salt-Water rinse can help sooth before or after you floss.