Everything You Should Know About Pregnancy and Oral Health

Everything You Should Know About Pregnancy and Oral Health

Posted by Dr. Ramsey on Aug 5 2021, 11:29 AM

Everything You Should Know About Pregnancy and Oral Health

Wondering what the connection between pregnancy and your dental health is? The answer might surprise you. 

The American Dental Association recommends expecting mothers prioritize going to their dentist while pregnant to get their dental cleanings and other required dental procedures done before welcoming their baby. 

Dr. Coley W. Ramsey II, DDS, at Next Level Dental in Smyrna, Tennessee, offers specialized dental treatments and procedures for all demographic groups such as children, adults, senior citizens, or pregnant women. 

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the connection between pregnancy and oral health.

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Medical experts have found that women experience several oral health symptoms during pregnancy. The most common of them are:

Cavities: Caused by a change in diet due to increased cravings and acidity in the mouth or caused by dry mouth, vomiting, or poor oral hygiene.

  • Gingivitis: Occurs due to hormonal changes which make your gums more vulnerable to inflammation and gum disease.
  • Periodontitis: Women experience heightened symptoms of periodontitis during their pregnancy. They may suffer from loose teeth, swollen gums, bad breath, and painful gums. Untreated periodontitis can also lead to low birth weight or preterm babies.
  • Pregnancy Tumors:During pregnancy, some women report a condition known as pyogenic granuloma, wherein a soft tissue overgrowth occurs on the gums due to hormonal changes.

How to Take Care of Your Oral Health During Pregnancy?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, this is how you can take care of your oral health during pregnancy:

  • Consume a balanced diet and brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Refrain from brushing if you vomit due to morning sickness as the acidity could damage your tooth enamel. Instead, rinse your mouth with water and baking soda to counteract the acidity.
  • Go for preventive dental exams and cleanings during your pregnancy.
  • Postpone elective dental procedures until after the delivery of your baby.

Going to your dentist during your pregnancy is just as essential as visiting your doctor. To make sure everything is in order with your dental health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ramsey, DDS, by calling (615) 459-6354 or visiting our office at 693 President Pl #101, Smyrna, TN 37167.


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