Pregnancy can cause many changes in the life of a woman – including changes in their teeth and gums. These changes are subtle most of the times, but can lead to complications if dental check-ups are not often carried out.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more irritated. To reduce the risk of gum disease and avoid inflammation while pregnant, it is a good idea to arrange regular visits to your Healthy Smile Centre dentist in Erskineville.
Oral health changes during pregnancy and their importance
Oral changes for women who are expecting include gum disease, increased facial pigmentation and elevated levels of hormones. While there is no definitive proof that pregnancy causes gum disease, it is certain that it can worsen an existing condition. Due to the increase of various hormones, pregnant women are also predisposed to tooth decay, since their mouths become a suitable environment for bacteria to grow and thrive. All of these conditions require careful monitoring by your dentist in Erskineville. Good oral hygiene and regular cleanings will help to prevent or reduce the severity of these symptoms. If left untreated, for instance, gum disease can lead to premature birth and/or low birth weight.
What can I do at home?
Good dental hygiene starts at home and it’s more important during pregnancy. To avoid the build-up of plaque and bacteria, thoroughly brush and floss your teeth every day. You should also drink plenty of water, avoid sugary drinks, eat a wide variety of healthy foods and ensure that you get enough calcium. If you get morning sickness, avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after vomiting as this will give your tooth enamel time to recover from the attack of your stomach acids. However, wash the acid away by rinsing your mouth with water straight after you vomit. Last but not least, don’t forget to scrape your tongue as this will help remove bacteria from your mouth.
You don’t need to stress
Now that you have all the facts on how to protect your oral health while pregnant, relax, listen to your dentist in Erskineville and enjoy this beautiful period in your life.