Congratulations, you’re expecting!
Pregnancy is an amazing time; full of happiness and joy but sometimes all the changes flood our mind with questions and concerns. When it comes to your dental health we want to answer your most common questions and offer some encouragement. So does pregnancy affect your teeth? For starters, pregnancy does not ruin your teeth. Your developing baby will not “suck the calcium” out of your teeth. Let’s explore some more concerns that often pop up.
Should I avoid having my teeth cleaned while pregnant?
No, definitely do not avoid regular preventive dental hygiene visits. In fact, untreated gum disease can lead to premature labor. Removing plaque and bacteria from the teeth and under the gums reduces overall inflammation in the body, keeping mom and baby healthier. Some dental insurances will even cover an extra prophylaxis for pregnant women because they know the importance of preventive care.
My gums are bleeding more now that I’m pregnant. Is this normal?
Yes, it is very normal for your gums to bleed more during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis is a common condition caused by an increase of progesterone hormone levels. With increased hormones, bacteria levels can become unbalanced and cause inflammation in the gum tissue. The easiest way to combat pregnancy gingivitis is to maintain excellent oral hygiene at home. Brush 2-3 times a day with an electric tooth brush. Floss at least once a day. And rinse with an alcohol free mouthwash.
Will morning sickness erode my teeth?
Anytime there is increased acid in your mouth the pH will be lowered and dental erosion may occur. However, prevention is key. After you have had a bout of morning sickness it is vital that you do not brush your teeth right away. Brushing right after vomiting can etch the teeth causing permanent damage. Instead, swish with a mixture of baking soda (which is very alkaline) and water to neutralize the saliva. Then wait about a half hour to brush, floss and rinse your teeth. Never brush immediately after vomiting.
Is it safe to have dental work while pregnant?
Yes, it is safe to undergo dental procedures like fillings, orthodontics and even crowns. It is best to wait until the second trimester for major dental work, especially if a local anesthetic needs to be used. During the third trimester it may be uncomfortable to sit in the dental chair for longer periods of time.
We do want to stress the importance of clearance from your obstetrician before any dental x-rays, periodontal therapy, or elective dental treatment. Pregnancy does not affect your teeth. At Dental Design, we will work together to make sure you and your baby are healthy and comfortable throughout your pregnancy.