In today’s Town and Country Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Center in Chesterfield MO blog post, we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. Good oral hygiene is paramount during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body, there are potential dental health issues that may arise.
Many women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth, which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen can also relax the ligaments that support the teeth, causing them to loosen.
Most people have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy, the hormonal changes increase your risk for it. Without proper dental care, gingivitis can lead to gum disease.
If you are pregnant, we recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.
If you are planning to become pregnant, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy, visit us immediately. Dental disease can affect your overall health, and you want to be your healthiest self when bringing life into the world!
At Town and Country Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Center in Chesterfield MO, we offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients and provide general dentistry for the entire family. People from Creve Coeur and St. Louis also come to us for restorative dentistry and cosmetic options. Contact us today!