All you need to know about oral health and pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very exciting period for many women, but at the same time it comes with certain changes in your body that can affect your oral and overall health. A study in The Journal of Periodontology shows a link between pregnancy gum disease and low birth weight or premature birth. Luckily, these complications are easily preventable provided that you visit your dentist in Alexandria frequently.

At Healthy Smile Centre, we understand that during pregnancy you are more likely to experience problems with your teeth and gums for many reasons and we are here to help. Changes in hormone levels and conditions like morning sickness can increase the risk of oral health issues. While you are waiting for your baby to arrive, here are a few reasons why you should visit your dentist in Alexandria frequently.

Pregnancy gum disease

Pregnancy hormones can affect many parts of the body and the gums are no exception. Hormones can cause the gums to swell and become more sensitive during pregnancy and this can lead to a special type of gum disease, known as pregnancy gingivitis. Just like regular gingivitis, pregnancy gingivitis is difficult to diagnose since it’s not painful and the symptoms are not always visible. However, your dentist in Alexandria should be able to tell if you suffer from this condition after examining your teeth. Pregnancy gingivitis is highly treatable and needs to be controlled for oral health. Your dentist in Alexandria may recommend more frequent cleanings. As long as you are proactive about your oral health and you visit the dentist regularly, you won’t encounter any problems.

Morning sickness

Morning sickness is a condition that many women experience during their first stage trimester. Unfortunately, the acid in your stomach can be strong enough to cause tooth erosion, therefore taking some measures will help protect your teeth. While it’s a good idea to brush and floss your teeth, it’s not recommended to do it immediately. Simply rinse your mouth with water and wait for 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, since your enamel will be very sensitive. You can also use a mixture of water and baking soda to rinse your teeth as this will help neutralise the acid in your mouth.

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