Did you know that changes in your dental health can often accompany the many other changes that happen to your body when you are pregnant? It’s true! This is especially due to fluctuations in hormones. If you are wondering what to expect when it comes to changes in your oral health, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following list.
Some of the ways your dental health may be affected are:
– Pregnancy Gingivitis: As many as half of all women develop what is called pregnancy gingivitis between the second and eighthmonthsh of pregnancy. This condition will often develop because hormones cause your gums to be more sensitive to plaque. Often, this condition goes away after childbirth. Making sure to follow the recommended oral health routine of brushing and flossing twice daily will help lower your risk of gum disease during pregnancy.
– Loosened Teeth: The higher levels of progesterone and estrogen present in your body during pregnancy can cause the ligaments and bones that keep your teeth in place to loosen.
– Enamel Damage and tooth decay due to Morning Sickness: Morning Sickness commonly accompanies pregnancy. Vomit contains stomach acid that can be very hard on your teeth. To avoid tooth enamel damage after vomiting, rinse your mouth out instead of brushing immediately. It is a good idea to either rinse your mouth out with water, diluted mouth rinse or a mixture of one cup of water and one tsp of baking soda. It is safe to brush your teeth about 30 minutes later.
As you can see, there are many ways your teeth and gums can be affected during pregnancy. Luckily, Dr. Michael S. Tseng, our dentist is here to help you stay in control of your oral health. If you have any questions or concerns call at 650-777-9195 to schedule an appointment at United Dental Group in Burlingame, California.