There is no better time to check in with your obstetrician and your dentist when you discover you are pregnant! Because of the increased estrogen and progesterone production, your periodontal health can actually suffer from how your gum tissue reacts to plaque during this time. A thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar will keep your teeth and gums healthy and safe.
During pregnancy, gingivitis can develop because of how your gums react to the increase in hormonal changes—causing your gums to swell and bleed when you brush and floss. This can begin from the second until the eighth month of pregnancy and generally ceases after giving birth as your hormone levels return to normal. If you have bleeding or swollen gums, now is the time to step up your brushing and flossing routine and let one of our skilled dentists remove hardened tartar by thorough dental cleaning.
“Pregnancy gingivitis” has been linked to pre-term delivery and low birth weight babies. This is the result of bacteria from infected gums which travel through the bloodstream to the uterus and induce labor by triggering prostaglandins. Take the time to baby your teeth and gums during this special time!
“Pregnancy tumors” in the mouth can develop in 2%-10% of women during pregnancy. These develop between the teeth and swollen gums which are irritated. These are non-cancerous tumors which spring up from plaque build-up and will shrink back down after giving birth. Mercifully, these tumors aren’t dangerous, even though they are uncomfortable.
Protecting Yourself and Your Unborn Child
Acidity: If you have morning sickness, don’t brush your teeth right after vomiting, as the acids in your mouth erode tooth enamel. To reduce the pH levels in your mouth before brushing, you can rinse with baking soda and water to lower the pH levels in the mouth before brushing your teeth.
Oral Hygiene: Maintain conscientious oral hygiene throughout your pregnancy. Brush and floss your teeth and gums at least twice a day and see your dentist for a deep cleaning. You may also want to incorporate an antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce plaque as well.
Eating: Practice healthy eating habits and avoid excess sugar and starch consumption which contribute to dental plaque.
Hydration: Drink more water to stimulate saliva production and avoid dry mouth. This helps reduce plaque buildup.
It is important to nurture your oral healthy while you are growing your baby. At Toluca Dental Studio, we are excited to help you during this journey. Contact our caring staff at 818-927-6807 if you have questions or want to schedule an appointment!