Pregnancy is a busy time filled with doctor’s visits, setting up the nursery, and getting ready for your little one’s arrival. With all the changes in your life, it’s essential to keep in mind that you’re more at risk of developing dental problems during this time. Your trusted team at Dental Care of North Carolina looks forward to working alongside you to ensure you maintain a healthy smile during and after your pregnancy!
Here are some of the ways pregnancy can affect your oral health:
Pregnancy Gingivitis: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause gum inflammation, a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. While, in most cases, this condition tapers off after the baby is born, it’s critical to have frequent professional cleanings to prevent it from progressing and causing oral and overall health complications.
Dental Cavities: Changes in diet habits, including constant snacking and craving sugary treats, increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities. If you have any cravings, try to reach for healthy snacks to safeguard your oral health.
Tooth Enamel Erosion: Morning sickness and frequent vomiting expose your tooth enamel to stomach acids, often leading to tooth enamel erosion, sensitivity, and tooth decay. Rinse your mouth after vomiting and wait before brushing your teeth to prevent damage to your tooth enamel.
Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is a common complaint during pregnancy. Unfortunately, that increases the risk of tooth decay and infections. You can combat pregnancy dry mouth by sipping on water throughout the day and chewing sugarless gum.
Maintaining a healthy smile will reflect on your newborn’s oral health. Harmful bacteria can transmit from the mother’s mouth to the baby’s mouth, leading to childhood cavities, which may require extensive dental procedures at a young age. Your gum health can also impact your baby’s health. Studies show a link between periodontal (gum) disease, premature delivery, and low birth weights. That can increase an infant’s risk of health problems. Caring for your oral health before, during, and after your pregnancy will positively reflect your child.
Before becoming pregnant, we recommend scheduling a dental exam and cleaning to address any oral health problems and prevent new ones from developing. We’ll see you regularly during your pregnancy to ensure your smile stays in tip-top shape.
It’s also important to maintain meticulous oral hygiene habits, including daily brushing and flossing. Taking the time to care for your oral health will ensure you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.
Contact your trusted team at Dental Care of North Carolina to learn more about maintaining a healthy smile during and after your pregnancy. Our team is committed to supporting your oral health every step of the way! Call us and schedule your appointment today!