Pregnancy is an exciting time, and in the midst of this excitement your body goes through a seemingly endless array of changes. Your teeth and gums are no exception. Dental care often becomes the last item on your priority list as you try to maneuver through the overwhelm of preparing for your baby. However, while you are pregnant there is a greater need to be diligent about your oral health.
Many moms-to-be will experience increased mouth sensitivity when they brush and floss their teeth; including bleeding and inflamed gums. This is perfectly normal. Pregnancy hormones can cause gingivitis, which is the build up of plaque on your teeth. Gingivitis leads to increased tenderness of your teeth and gums. Further, hormones make your mouth more susceptible to bacteria which can also lead to bad breath. We understand that with all that is happening during this awesome transition in your life, it’s easy to let your dental care stay on the back burner. However, as you can see, maintaining oral care is of utmost importance.
Things to keep in mind about your oral care:
- Floss and brush regularly – Dentists recommend the use of a soft-bristled toothbrush; which is particularly important to use while your gums are uncharacteristically sensitive due to pregnancy. Be careful not to brush too aggressively. Instead, use gentle, even strokes.
- Use mouth rinse – Mouth rinses will reduce plaque and bacteria, which protect your teeth and gums. Our dental office will be happy to recommend prenatal rinses that are effective and safe for you and baby.
- In between brushing – If you aren’t able to brush after eating, chew sugarless gum. Sugarless gum will increase the saliva in your mouth which will help rinse your teeth. For added benefit look for a gum that has xylitol.
- Visit us – It’s important to stay on track with your checkups and cleanings during pregnancy. If there are any potential concerns or needed treatments, it’s always best to be aware of them as soon as possible. Our office is here to guide you on the best ways to care for your oral health while you are pregnant. We know you have a lot on your plate to get ready for your baby. Let us remove your dental health from your growing lists of concerns.
During pregnancy, most dental procedures and local anesthetics are completely safe. However, at the beginning of your appointment be sure to inform us if you are pregnant. We will be able to advise you of any procedures that require extra care or should be postponed until after your baby’s birth.