Pregnancy causes many changes in the body. While some of these changes are more obvious than others, pregnancy can also increase a woman’s risk of developing dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
It’s important to remember that pregnancy doesn’t automatically harm your oral health. The chance of dental problems during pregnancy can vary from person to person. Fortunately, it is possible to avoid dental problems with proper dental hygiene at home and a little help from your dentist.
How Does Pregnancy Affect Dental Health?
Pregnancy hormones affect the way that the body responds to plaque, a sticky substance formed by the combination of bacteria and food particles. When left untreated, the bacteria in plaque uses foods and beverages consumed to produce acids. These acids eat away at tooth enamel, causing cavities and other dental issues. Plaque that gets underneath the gum line can cause infections in the gums and the bones that hold the teeth in place.
When plaque isn’t fully removed, it turns into tartar. Tartar allows plaque to thrive, increasing the chance of dental problems and gum disease. This is why it is so important to remove all plaque from your teeth.
Pregnancy gingivitis is another common problem. Symptoms usually appear during the first trimester and can include bleeding, swelling, redness, and tenderness of the gums. Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by hormonal changes. These changes increase blood flow to the gums and hinder the body’s natural response to bacteria.
It’s important to contact your dentist at the first sign of dental problems. This helps ensure quick and effective treatment. It also helps prevent future complications caused by gum disease.
Brush Twice a Day Using a High Quality Dental Gel
Many pregnancy-related dental issues can be avoided with proper dental care. Pregnant women should brush at least twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush and a high quality dental gel like LIVFRESH.
Traditional toothpaste does not breakdown plaque. This increases the chance of dental problems. LIVFRESH dental gel removes plaque 250% better than traditional toothpaste.
Flossing at least once a day helps remove food and plaque that accumulates between the teeth where cavities are more common. Using a high quality dental gel like LIVFRESH can also help remove plaque between the teeth and in hard to reach places.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Pregnancy cravings can cause pregnant women to snack more than usual and consume more sugary foods. This can create problems for your teeth. If possible, try to limit the number of snacks each day and choose healthy options over sugary and highly acidic foods.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
It’s important to see your dentist every six months, even when pregnant. A professional cleaning helps remove any plaque left after brushing. Regular dental check-ups can also help you catch dental problems before they escalate.
Make sure you let your dentist know your stage of pregnancy before your appointment. While x-rays are generally considered safe during pregnancy, many women choose to skip their dental x-rays until after the baby is born.
Many pregnant women experience morning sickness. Despite its name, this common condition can cause nausea and vomiting at any time of the day. If you experience morning sickness and vomit regularly, you might want to rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to prevent your stomach acid from damaging your teeth.
LIVFRESH dental gel provides a safe and effective way to care for your teeth during pregnancy. The unique formula of this high quality dental gel removes existing plaque and prevents new plaque from forming.
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