What You Should Know About Pregnancy and Your Teeth

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The human body changes when a woman is pregnant. Pregnant women need to take care of their bodies to make sure their baby is healthy. However, many pregnant women forget about the importance of protecting their oral health. In reality, if pregnant women don’t care for their teeth well, they could experience a number of potentially serious issues.

For example, did you know that women are actually much more vulnerable to gum disease while they are pregnant? Many hormones change during pregnancy. These changes include an increase in the production of progesterone. While this is normal, progesterone will also change the body’s reaction to plaque. This can lead to gum disease and inflammation. To make matters worse, if you have these issues, you may be more likely to give birth prematurely.

Pregnant women are also more prone to enamel damage and cavities, partially because morning sickness increases the acidity in the mouth. Please note that brushing your teeth right after vomiting may actually be more harmful than helpful. Because acidity can weaken enamel, brushing may damage your enamel further. We recommend waiting about 30 minutes before brushing. You may also want to consider swishing your mouth with water to reduce the acidity.

You should, of course, remember to brush and floss daily. Eating a healthy diet can also help you keep your mouth healthy. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Ron Stewart, at the beginning of your pregnancy. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Stewart Family Dentistry at 770-872-0662. We’re eager to hear from you.