When you discover that you or your partner are pregnant, you may start to plan scans, baby-showers and even gender reveal parties in your head.
While the next 9 months will be full of medical appointments, many women are unaware that they will need additional help from their dental team too, as hormonal fluctuations can cause a myriad of issues surrounding dental health. It is advisable that you or your partner book a dental check-up as early in the pregnancy as possible.
At the Healthy Smile Centre, we aim to ensure that both you and your baby are kept as healthy as possible. Our dentist in Mascot can help you through any of the dental changes you may experience whilst pregnant and provide you with excellent dental care after your baby is born.
Curious about the associated dental occurrences that have been linked to pregnancy?
OK, so this isn’t solely linked to pregnancy, but our dentist in Mascot definitely sees this more often in women who are in the first trimester of pregnancy.
In our everyday lives, our teeth are exposed to acid on a daily basis, with citrus fruits and coffee being a normal part of most people's diets. However, during pregnancy, conditions such as morning sickness expose your teeth to higher levels of acid than are typical. This can cause thinning of the enamel on your teeth, which can lead to secondary issues.
As if regular gum disease isn’t bad enough, there is actually a sub-type that only occurs during those prenatal months!
Don’t worry though; our dentist is Mascot has experience handling pregnancy gingivitis and can prescribe you a medicated mouthwash and toothpaste to help reduce inflammation.
In essence, this condition occurs because the gums become more sensitive to bacteria accumulation and plaque; so, while a medicated mouthwash cannot alter your body's reaction to the bacteria, it can reduce the redness, the swelling, and the bleeding.
Even if you have never had a filling in your life, due to calcium absorption issues and exposure to excessive quantities of acid, the chances of you developing tooth decay increase.
The best way to prevent this is to practice good oral hygiene and visit our team at the Healthy Smile Centre, so they can apply fluoride sealants or give you fillings to prevent infections.
During pregnancy, some of our patients develop a condition known as either a pregnancy growth or a pregnancy tumour.
Don’t let the name fool you; these are usually benign growths in your mouth that will recede once your baby is born. They are little more than a nuisance, but if they begin to impact on your breathing or eating, our team will be able to remove them for you.
A secondary complication from gingivitis can be loose teeth.
If you are concerned that any of your teeth have become loose since you became pregnant, visit our team. We can address the underlying inflammation and keep those wobbly teeth in place!
All dental treatments carry potential risks. Contact your local dental team for more information about the procedures mentioned in this article.