Dental care is an integral part of living a healthy life, and for expecting mothers, it’s even more crucial. Although pregnant women already have many things to be concerned about, maintaining healthy teeth and gums needs to be high on their list of daily routines.
Following a few essential tips will help keep you and your baby safe before they arrive in the world and allow you to greet your new baby with loving arms and a bright, healthy smile.

How Your Teeth and Gums Change While Pregnant

Hormones are responsible for a lot of changes in a woman’s body while they’re pregnant. These changes are found in their mouths as well. Hormone changes during pregnancy can potentially cause an increased response to plaque. In turn, this can lead to the gums bleeding quite a bit more than an average person dealing with plaque build-up.

Women are also more prone to pregnancy gingivitis – an inflammation of the gums that typically causes swelling and tenderness. Discontinuation of oral care may lead this pregnancy gingivitis into periodontitis, an irreversible gum disease that can cause bone loss around the teeth when left untreated.

Dental Tips to Follow if You’re Pregnant

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

If you’re a pregnant woman, the idea of having to find the time and energy to be at another appointment probably isn’t something you are overly excited about. But keeping up with regular visits to your dentist is key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Nothing that transpires during a cleaning can harm your child in any way, so keep seeing your dentist regularly throughout your pregnancy. Be sure to let your dental team know that you are pregnant, before considering taking any x-rays during your check-up appointments.

Brush and Floss Like Usual

There is nothing fancy that you have to do with your teeth while pregnant. Keep up with your regular brushing routine throughout your pregnancy, and don’t forget to floss. Flossing helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay. You should be flossing once or even twice a day if possible.

Eat a Balanced Diet and Limit Your Sugar Intake

With all the nutritional information out there, it’s hard to know the difference between the truth and white noise. Your family doctor or obstetrician can help ensure you’re getting the proper nutrients out of your food, but one thing is for sure – avoid too many sugary foods. Sugar sticks to your teeth and microscopic bacteria emerge to eat the sugar, but they also produce acid, which starts to break down your teeth. If you do have a craving for some sugar, make sure to brush your teeth shortly after.

Stay on Guard for Gingivitis

Even with regular dentist visits, you must keep an eye out for gingivitis. Due to hormone changes and increased blood flow, pregnancy gingivitis is a genuine concern. Keep your eyes out for sensitive gums and teeth, bleeding gums, redness or swelling, bad breath or loose teeth. Reach out to your dentist immediately if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.

Rinse Your Mouth with Baking Soda

Brushing may seem like a chore when you wake up, especially if you’re dealing with morning sickness. Brushing becomes even more crucial if you are experiencing this issue, as the acid from vomiting can severely damage your teeth. To help neutralize the acid, try mixing a teaspoon of baking soda in some warm water and swish it around in your mouth. Doing this a few times a day will help protect your teeth and gums.

Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are an excellent way to help with a future mother’s overall health and a baby’s development. They can also help with dental health, as taking vitamins containing calcium, vitamin D and other minerals can help keep your teeth strong during pregnancy.

Get in Touch with Us Today

Being an expectant mother can be overwhelming but having the right medical professional by your side along the way can help make it an easier transition. Contact the dedicated staff at Pickwick Dental today if you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental care and keep that smile strong for when you meet your new baby.