How Pregnancy Affects Oral Health

Pregnancy is an exciting time for a woman. However, with pregnancy comes several changes to the body, including oral health. At All Smiles Dental Care, we understand how important it is to take the proper steps to avoid the risk of oral health issues during pregnancy. While you’re waiting for your little one to arrive, here’s how pregnancy affects your oral health.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Pregnancy gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums that many pregnant woman suffer from, particularly in the first trimester. This inflammation is caused by bacteria, resulting in the build up of plaque. Dental plaque tends to get worse during pregnancy due to changes in hormones and how the gum tissues react to bacteria. We highly recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible to reduce the risk of preterm and low-birth weight babies. Keep up with brushing and flossing at home to prevent gingivitis.

Worn Down Enamel

Worn down enamel in pregnant woman is most likely due to morning sickness and the gastric acid that comes with it. Instead of brushing your teeth right after experiencing morning sickness, we recommend swishing with baking soda and water to neutralize the acid.

Visit Your Dentist

Contrary to popular belief, teeth cleaning and x-rays are safe for woman who are pregnant. At All Smiles Dental Care, we’re dedicated to helping out patients keep their mouths healthy and clean all pregnancy long. If you’re in need of a dental cleaning to ensure good oral health, contact All Smiles Dental Care today at 801-939-3539.

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