Lynn Dental Care Advice for Dental Care While Pregnant
When you’re pregnant, your dental hygiene may be one of the last things on your mind. But as any of the dentists at Lynn Dental Care will tell you, taking care of your teeth is always important. In fact, when you’re pregnant, you need to rethink your oral hygiene – especially if you want to avoid future oral surgery.
Your body goes through a lot of changes when you’re growing another little person inside it, and your oral health is as susceptible to changes are everything else. Lynn Dental Care offers some general advice on things to consider when taking care of your teeth while pregnant.
Morning Sickness and Your Teeth
Morning sickness is such a common symptom of early pregnancy that it’s practically a cliché, but it’s a serious problem for a lot of expectant mothers. Often, morning sickness is not just spontaneous nausea, but can also be triggered by specific smells and tastes that were never a problem before. Because of this, the idea of brushing your teeth – especially first thing in the morning – can be really unpleasant.
What makes it worse is if you are ending up sick as a result, then brushing your teeth is doubly important to avoid enamel erosion from increased exposure to stomach acid. One way of making things easier is to try different flavors – or even try using baking soda and water rather than toothpaste. As long as you’re brushing regularly, your teeth will recover from the morning sickness period.
Obviously, the changes in your body during pregnancy aren’t all on the outside – there’s a lot more going on inside. One of the biggest shifts you’ll undergo is intense shifts in hormones as your pregnancy goes on. This can cause certain unexpected side effects, one of which is an increased risk of gum disease.
Because of your changing hormones, the amount of bacteria present in your mouth will change too, potentially making it easier to develop cavities and infections. Regular brushing and flossing will help but you should also be mindful of any diet changes that could affect your teeth, too. You might also be more susceptible to teeth becoming loose because of hormonal changes.
Increased Blood Volume
When you’re pregnant, the amount of blood in your body increases dramatically so that both you and your baby are supplied with enough. Because of this, you might notice your gums bleeding when you brush your teeth, despite never having done so before.
The combination of hormones affecting the strength of your teeth and gums and the increased blood volume in your body can cause bleeding gums. Try a softer bristled toothbrush and brush with gentler, slower motions. Keep a close eye on your teeth if you feel the bleeding is excessive, and contact your dentist at Lynn Dental Care if you’re concerned.
No one wants to visit the dentist or undergo oral surgery while they’re pregnant, but it can also pose a risk. Some of the drugs and medications used, as well as the stress some people feel during their appointment, can do serious damage – especially during the first and third trimesters.
If you feel you need treatment during your pregnancy, your dentist at Lynn Dental Care will be able to talk to you about what’s available, how long you should wait, and how urgent it is. You should also speak to your OB or midwife about any pregnancy-related concerns you have, dental or otherwise.
Lynn Dental Care and Lifelong Oral Health
Whether you’re pregnant, a new parent, or have teenage or adult children, you should still be looking after your teeth. At Lynn Dental Care, we’re dedicated to making you comfortable and confident about your treatment – whether it’s orthodontics, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry. Contact your Dallas dentist today.