Oral Health During Pregnancy
Pregnant mums must undergo many complexities to welcome a new family member in their life. They visit their healthcare provider, take prenatal vitamins, regular exercise, avoid drinking and smoking in the name of a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. However, something they might not associate with their pregnancy is dental care.
Pregnancy is a time of several changes in the female body. Pregnant women may experience changes in their oral health due to a surge in hormonal activities. An increase in hormones, especially in the second trimester of pregnancy, causes an increase in the blood flow to the gums, making it easier for them to get swollen, red, and irritated. Studies have shown that there is a link between gum diseases and premature birth.
There are many changes in the body during pregnancy that can leave the teeth susceptible to tooth decay. Pregnant women who have cravings for sweets or carbohydrates are more likely to have tooth decay than their healthier counterparts.
Nausea does not threaten some pregnant women’s oral health, but morning sickness can cause acid erosion of the teeth. The presence of stomach acids in the mouth can erode tooth enamel and create a more acidic environment leading to tooth decay. It is essential not to brush your teeth following vomiting. Brushing while having acid on the teeth can cause further breakdown of tooth enamel. The best way you can do is rinsing with plain water to neutralize the acid.
One of the most prominent questions that cross the minds of some pregnant women is whether it is safe to visit a dentist during this period? Might not it pose a risk to their babies? Not at all!
For expectant mothers, maintaining good oral health is also an essential part of their overall health. For a healthy mouth, regular dental checkups, cleanings, brushing, and flossing must be included in their daily routines. Dental treatment is safe during pregnancy; however, the dentist must be informed about the pregnancy, prior to any procedure.
Future mums keep in mind that a regular visit to a dentist is a must during pregnancy. Dental care is an integral part of prenatal care. Monitoring oral health and hygiene habits of a healthy mother ensures the delivery of a healthy baby. Plan a visit for a consultation. Our caring team of dental experts is ready to guide and support you for your child’s safe arrival.