Pregnancy And Dental Health: What Should You Be Watching For

Pregnancy is full of ups and downs. One of the affects to your body is to your dental health. There are certain issues that are more likely to arise when you are expecting and you really need to look out for them. Here are the three main dental health issues to look out for during pregnancy.

Swollen or Sore Gums

The body has a lot more blood in it right now and that blood has to go somewhere. Swollen gums are one of the most common problems, with some women complaining of sore and tender mouths. You may also find that your gums bleed a lot more when you brush, which is usually a major sign of gingivitis. It's worth discussing this with your dentist, but you may find the problems reside once you give birth.

Gingivitis is More of a Risk

Your hormonal changes will make your body more susceptible to gingivitis. Your teeth are more vulnerable to a collection of plaque, which builds up to cause gum disease and tooth decay. It is more important now to follow a good oral hygiene routine to prevent the build-up of plaque. The bleeding gums does not necessarily mean that gingivitis is occurring—as mentioned above—but it is worth getting your teeth checked.

Those who already suffer from gingivitis may see their problem getting worse. This is due to the plaque build-up, and could lead to periodontitis. It is important to discuss how to limit the damage with your dentist, and that mostly involves following a good oral hygiene routine.

Enamel Erosion

The enamel is more likely to erode during pregnancy, especially if you suffer from sickness. The acid in vomit can cling to the teeth and will erode through the enamel and leave the teeth more susceptible to tooth decay. It is important to follow a good oral health routine, especially when dealing with morning sickness.

If you can't brush your teeth because it makes your morning sickness worse, rinse your mouth out twice a day with a fluoride wash. This will offer your teeth some protection while you deal with this part of pregnancy.

Pregnancy has an effect on your whole body. Your teeth are at risk of tooth decay and gingivitis, especially if you already have issues. It's important to think carefully about your oral health routine and visit your dentist regularly to make sure you keep your mouth healthy. Contact a dentist, such as Sarah M. LYNCH DMD, for more information.