What To Know About Your Dental Health While Plastic

Pregnant woman brushing her teeth

The ways that you care for your teeth matter during your pregnancy. Routine dental visits are often a safe venture for women for their yearly dental checkups, and brushing and flossing are always the recommended routine for tooth care. However, women prone to high-risk pregnancies or have some underlying medical condition can cause dental treatments to be postponed, and women with poor dental health during pregnancies can increase the risk of developing problems that can interfere with their pregnancy. The potential risks during pregnancy shouldn’t outweigh the benefits of your dental care.

Here, we’ll list some of the best tips we can provide for caring for your teeth and inform you about how your pregnancy may impact your dental health.

Ways Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health

With pregnancy, many changes occur with your body, your emotions, and even your mouth. Half of all women during pregnancy will develop gingivitis, a form of gum disease that occurs during the second and eighth months. However, this mild form of gum disease will usually go away after childbirth as it is often influenced by hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These hormones cause inflammation in the gums and make them more prone to irritation from plaque that develops along with the tooth’s enamel. Your teeth during this time may also become looser, as progesterone and estrogen can loosen the ligaments and bones that keep the teeth in place, even if you do not have gum disease.

Tips To Care For Your Teeth During Pregnancy

  • Morning Sickness – Vomit contains stomach acids that eat away at the teeth’ enamel, and rinsing your mouth out after your session can help reduce the number of acids in your mouth afterward. Once 30 minutes pass, you should brush your teeth afterward to help fortify your teeth with fluoride and keep plaque away.

  • Visit Your Dentist – It is considered safe to visit your dentist during your pregnancy. Your dentist can provide you with additional cleanings to help you control signs of gingivitis. Make sure to notify any medication changes made during your pregnancy for special advice.

  • Try Different Routine Habits – If you’re having trouble brushing your teeth, you can change the flavor of your toothpaste, use a smaller brush head, and try brushing at different times of the day to help reduce any problems with gagging and nausea.

  • A Vitamin-Rich Diet – For your baby, it’s essential to give them and yourself the best nutrients possible. Make sure you eat foods containing vitamin C, D, and A, as well as protein and calcium to fortify their bones, muscles, and immune system.

  • Get Restorative Treatment – It’s important that if you have a cavity or broken crown, that you get restorative treatment to prevent infection. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it is safe to get cavity fillings and crowns during the second trimester of your pregnancy.

During your pregnancy, it’s essential to talk to your dentist about the various aspects of your dental care to ask them if any changes need to be made with your routine. For more information, you should arrange an appointment with your dentist today!

Alireza Movassaghi, D.D.S and Other Dentist Torrance Dental Associates is proud to be the home of Dr. Alireza Movassaghi, a USC School of Dentistry Graduate with 30 years of experience. His mission is to expand access to dental care throughout the Los Angeles area. When not engaged in providing expert dental care for his patients, he's taking in the latest soccer game and enjoying fine cars.
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