We asked our hygienists here at Family Dentist Tree how your pregnancy can affect your oral health; here is what they said:
“You may experience some changes in your oral health during pregnancy. The primary changes are due to a surge in hormones that can cause your gums to exaggerate a normal reaction to plaque. Changes in your hormone levels can cause swollen gums that bleed during brushing and flossing (pregnancy gingivitis). If plaque isn’t removed daily, it can eventually harden into tarter and may increase your risk of gingivitis. If your gingivitis was diagnosed prior to your pregnancy, the condition is likely to worsen during your pregnancy. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease.
You can help prevent gingivitis by keeping your teeth clean, especially near the gumline. You should brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and after each meal if possible. You should also floss thoroughly each day to remove plaque from your teeth and gums. Regular dental cleanings and checkups before, during, and after pregnancy are important.”
We would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have about your pregnancy and oral health. Ask us at your next appointment or submit your question here!