Caleigh Mitchell, RDH
For newly expecting mothers, there’s a lot of prepping to be completed before the new baby’s arrival. With all the planning and nesting happening, it’s easy for the new mother to put her health on the back burner, especially her oral health. The health of your teeth and your gums should not be ignored during this crucial time. The bacteria that cause gum disease have been linked to low birth weight and premature births! So it is very important to keep your mouth healthy so you can keep your baby healthy.
Here are some things to expect in your mouth while you are expecting:
Gingivitis is generally a bacterial infection in your gums which causes them to swell and bleed. Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by the hormones produced during pregnancy.
How do I take care of this? You must be proactive with your home care. Brush at least 2x daily, floss 1x daily, and visit your dentist for professional cleanings.
Don’t let the name scare you, these are another side effect of the hormonal changes happening in your body during pregnancy. They are non-malignant tumors, which means “not harmful”. They are almost like little bubbles that form between your teeth and they generally go away on their own. Have your dentist look examine them just to be on the safe side.
Erosion caused by morning sickness
As we all know, morning sickness is a common side effect of pregnancy. If you experience frequent morning sickness, all that acid can wreak havoc on your teeth causing them wear away.
How do I prevent this?
Many peoples’ first reaction would be to brush their teeth immediately afterwards, but this may do more harm than good. Instead, drink some water to help bring the acidic levels in mouth down before brushing your teeth.
Lastly, do not forget to schedule a visit with your dentist. Many thinks that it is not safe to visit the dentist while pregnant, but this is not the case. It is important to make sure your entire body is healthy while pregnant. Just make sure to let your dentist know you are expecting so that you get the best care possible!
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