In this article you learnt about:
Dental Care Through the Trimesters
Risks associated with dental care
What to Expect and How to Cope
Being pregnant brings a lot of changes, and your dental health is no exception! As your body works hard to create and nourish your beautiful baby, it's natural to experience changes in how your mouth feels—from tender gums to sensitive teeth.
During the first three months, hormone levels rise and cause tender gums and even some tooth sensitivity as your teeth adjust. The third trimester brings a more intense version of what came before and an increased risk of cavities and gum disease due to a dry mouth.
It is important to understand these risks so that you can make informed decisions when caring for your teeth during your pregnancy. Below are some of the common risks associated with dental care:
Morning sickness: Morning sickness often leads to acid reflux and vomiting, weakening tooth enamel and increasing the risk of dental erosion.
Dry Mouth: Pregnancy hormones slow down saliva production, which can lead to sensitive teeth, plaque build-up, and increased chances of mouth infections.
Gingivitis: Also known as gum disease, gingivitis occurs when bacteria build up between your teeth and causes inflammation or tenderness in the gums. This is one area in particular where women need to take extra care during their pregnancy.
Caring for Your Teeth During Pregnancy
Caring for your teeth and gums during pregnancy is important to keep them in their best condition. The trimesters can each present different challenges, so it's important to know how to keep your teeth healthy throughout.
Be sure to brush and floss twice a day.
Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash if you're experiencing morning sickness.
Try eating healthy snacks like cheese or nuts.
If you have pain or sensitivity, speak with your dentist for further advice.
Visit the dentist every six months for check-ups.
Tips for Visiting the Dentist During Pregnancy
Tell the dentist you're pregnant when scheduling your appointment.
Include any medications you're taking, including prenatal vitamins and any antacid medications or supplements used to treat morning sickness.
Choose a chair with a back support cushion if possible, as this can help reduce discomfort.
Ensure you have enough time for rest and recovery after the appointment—your body will appreciate it!