How does pregnancy affect dental health?
An answer that many are unaware of but it’s true. Pregnancy causes a lot of hormonal changes. These changes in hormone levels increase the risk of oral health issues. There are many oral conditions that pregnant women may face. Listing a few of them:
While hormones play an important role during pregnancy, they also play a part in making your gums swell while pregnant, leading to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. If you notice that your gums are bleeding more frequently during pregnancy it would require regular teeth cleaning sessions to prevent development of painful gum diseases
Some women develop a growth which most often appears during the second trimester. They appear like tiny raspberries and are called “pregnancy tumors”. These tumors are not malignant or cancerous. A dentist can remove them if they cause discomfort, but in most cases, the tumors will vanish after your baby is born.
Morning Sickness and Your Teeth
Morning sickness which is a part of pregnancy for many women can also lead to oral complications. Heartburn or acid reflux can pull up the gastric acid &can have acidic effect on your teeth and lead to teeth erosion.
Brushing immediately after morning sickness can lead to further erosion. In this case, its best to rinse the mouth with a mixture of water and a pinch of baking soda before brushing.
Visiting a dentist regularly in this case can help in early detection and correction of dental problems and save you additional pain. Visit a dentist every 6 months for good dental health.