Pregnancy is an exciting time but it also causes a variety of hormonal changes that may impact a woman’s oral health. That’s why it’s important to understand the conditions pregnant women might be most susceptible to and how to prevent them. Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry has provided general and cosmetic dentistry services in the greater Boston area for 20 years. Now their expert team discusses a few of the ways pregnancy can impact teeth and gums.
While many women make it through their entire pregnancy without experiencing any dental issues, some women develop a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis.” This is attributed to rising levels of progesterone and causes bleeding or swollen gums, especially when brushing. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious complications and gum disease. In addition to regular flossing and brushing twice a day, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings.
Pregnant woman are also more prone to cavities for a variety of reasons. One of these is food cravings and increased consumption of junk food and carbohydrates. While okay in moderation, in excess can lead to cavities and tooth decay. Not surprisingly, pregnant woman should try to eat a well-balanced diet full of lean proteins, vegetables, and fruits that offer fiber and other nutrients.
Tooth Enamel Erosion
Morning sickness, an unfortunate but common occurrence during pregnancy, can lead to an increase in the amount of acid that your mouth is exposed to. After a time, acid can eat away at a tooth’s enamel. You can help prevent erosion by reducing the acid level in your mouth using a homemade concoction of baking soda and water. Simply swirl in your mouth after vomiting and spit out.
Pregnancy is a busy time but it’s important not to neglect your oral health. If you are pregnant and need to schedule an appointment with a trusted dentist, turn to the team at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Brookline, MA and on Boston’s South Shore. Smileboston offers a wide range of services ranging from general and laser dentistry to Implants and full smile makeovers. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information.