Pregnancy is an exciting and busy time, with regular check-ups and scans filling up your diary. We understand the last appointment you are thinking about making is one to your dentist; however, looking after your oral health during this time is essential.
How can your oral health be affected by pregnancy?
During pregnancy your body goes through many changes that can affect teeth and gums. Hormone changes can cause some women to experience problems with their gums and tooth loss. Maintaining good oral health during your pregnancy is essential; regular brushing twice a day, eating well and visiting your dentist regularly is extremely important.
Common pregnancy symptoms can also affect your oral health such as:
During pregnancy some women may experience excess saliva whereas others may have dry mouth. Saliva cleans our teeth, helping to prevent cavities and gum disease. When the mouth is dry it is at higher risk of acid attacking teeth, which can result in enamel erosion and tooth decay. If you are experiencing dry mouth, we advise drinking plenty of water and for you to use sugar free chewing gum to help produce more saliva.
Another common symptom women can experience during their pregnancy is morning sickness. Tooth enamel can be damaged from morning sickness due to the strong acid brought up from the stomach to the mouth. If you are experiencing morning sickness rinse your mouth with water (this will help wash away acid) and avoid brushing your teeth for at least half an hour.
Whether you are thinking about starting a family, in your second trimester or a new mum we recommend that our patients attend regular check-ups throughout your pregnancy journey to maintain optimal oral health.
We are passionate about adult and children’s dentistry and our family friendly clinic is currently accepting new private patients! Contact us today and book an appointment with one of our expert dentists.