There is a proverb saying "You loose a tooth for every baby". Is that really true?
Pregnancy can cause a lot of changements in a woman's body. Some of the changes can affect the oral health! But how is it possible?
First of all, in the early pregnancy, some women can experience some nausea and vomiting. This will have the consequence to make your mouth acid. This acid environment will be therefore more reachable by the decay's bacterias. Moreover, it can make some tooth erosion.
In addition, most women crave for unhealthy sugary food during their pregnancy. This kind of diet will allow the decay's bacterias to multiply and lead to cavities.
As everybody knows, pregnancy also raise the level of progesterone. A hight amount of progesterone can makes gum swollen, red and bleeds. Half of pregnant women will have bleeding gum when brush or floss. The most important is to keep brushing teeth and see your dentist during your second trimester to check your gum and teeth and do a cleaning of your gums.
Can a pregnant woman see a dentist and do dental treatment?
There is no risk for an unborn baby when the mother to be do dental treatment. If there is any urgent treatment to do, it can be done at any time of the pregnancy. For a cleaning or some fillings, the best is to wait for the second trimester and to do the treatment in a peaceful environment.
How to prevent any tooth problem during a pregnancy?
The best way to prevent any tooth problem is to consult your dentist before getting pregnant. Your dentist will check your teeth and see if some treatment are needed before you'll be a "mum to be"!
Moreover, it is very important to keep a good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing. You can use a toothpaste with fluoride to help prevent any decay.
If you experience some nausea or acid reflex, it could be good to rince your mouth immediately and wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth.
Gum disease are very common in pregnancy. The best is to consult your dentist to treat your gum and have advices for your oral hygiene.
If you are pregnant, congratulations!!! Do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.