Looking after your teeth during pregnancy

Posted: Jan 19 2021

How does pregnancy affect your teeth?

It’s very common for gums to become inflamed or even bleed during pregnancy. These symptoms are often the result of pregnancy gingivitis. As your hormone levels increase, it changes the way your gums react to the bacteria in plaque.

Dental disease during pregnancy

If you suffer from morning sickness you might be at risk of developing tooth erosion.

After vomiting, our dentists recommend to:

  1. Rinse your mouth with water to wash away any acid.
  2. Rub a little bit of toothpaste on your teeth.
  3. Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.

Dental care during pregnancy

Your pregnancy dental checklist:

  • Visit your Health Partners Dentist for a check-up in the second trimester of your pregnancy.
  • Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.
  • After brushing, spit, don’t rinse.
  • Eat calcium-rich food.
  • Avoid soft drinks and sugary/sticky snacks.
  • Stay hydrated to avoid a dry mouth.

Can you get dental work done while pregnant?

Most routine treatments such as fillings and cleans can be done during pregnancy, but it’s best to avoid X-rays until postpartum.

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Visiting the dentist for regular dental check-ups is the best way to help:

  • Keep teeth and gums healthy
  • Prevent future dental problems
  • Give you a bright and more confident smile.
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Posted: Jan 19 2021


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