How does pregnancy affect oral health?

Should I still come to the dentist if I’m pregnant?

Although non urgent treatment and x-rays are put on hold, it is still important to keep your mouth in top shape. Below you will find some oral conditions that are sometimes associated with pregnancy.

Pregnancy gingivitis
Hormones during pregnancy may cause gingival tissues to become inflamed, swollen and make them bleed easily. That is why it important to keep plaque away and have impeccable oral hygiene during pregnancy. Your gums are more likely to bleed because your immune response to plaque is stronger. Brush twice a day and floss once a day. If it has been a while since your last cleaning, come in to have it done. Getting a professional cleaning will remove the irritants causing sore and bleeding gums and have your mouth feeling more comfortable during your pregnancy. Your dentist can also answer questions you may have regarding your future baby’s tooth development.

Pregnancy tumors
Some women experience non malignant tumors which are just raspberry-looking growths on your gums. They shrink on their own over time and go away. However, if they are uncomfortable, the dentist can remove them.

Morning sickness:
After an episode of vomiting, don’t brush your teeth right away. Rinse with water or mouthwash to neutralize the acid in your mouth. You may also rinse with a baking soda (1 tsp) and water (1 cup) mixture. You can wait 20 minutes, and then brush your teeth.

Dental emergencies

If you are having a dental emergency such as a dental abscess causing you a lot of pain and anxiety, treatment may be required. We will double shield you with a lead apron when x-rays are taken. Local anesthetic has not proven to be harmful for your baby should you need it during treatment. Please consult your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health during your pregnancy.

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