Protecting Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the greatest miracles on earth. Although it creates the miracle of life, pregnancy affects a woman’s body in every capacity including hormones, weight gain, and dental health. Taking care of your mouth and teeth are important during pregnancy, as your body is at a higher risk of complications. Conditions to look out for include bleeding gums, dry mouth and morning sickness. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, consult your dentist.

Here are a few tips to help minimize any risks during pregnancy:

1. Continue brushing and flossing twice daily, in addition to eating a balanced diet will help prevent gum disease.

2. Visit the dentist regularly will help reduce any dental problems that accompany pregnancy You can have a thorough check up done before you plan to be pregnant. Otherwise we suggest treatment mid pregnancy or leave it to post delivery.

3. Morning sickness is a major symptom of pregnancy. Unfortunately with the nausea, there is additional acid left in your mouth. High acidic levels may cause your teeth to erode. This can be prevented by rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash or water to stabilize acidity levels.

4. A common symptom of Pregnancy is having dry mouth. This can also lead to tooth decay and infections. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!

For any questions about your dental health during pregnancy, contact us at ToothMatters today!

– Dr. Richard Gao

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