Pregnancy causes a variety of changes throughout the body, and your teeth are certainly no exception. The changes in hormone levels cause your body’s response to dental ailments to change, and this can have adverse effects on teeth.
If you’re already on top of your oral hygiene, you’re in a good place going into the pregnancy. Starting off strong is very important and can have a major positive impact on the health of your teeth throughout this time. On the other hand, if you’ve been slacking off and haven’t been taking care of your teeth like you know you’re suppose to, take this as a gentle reminder to get back on top of things. Proper oral care include brushing your teeth as least twice a day, flossing regularly, and scheduling a visit to your dentist if you haven’t in awhile. And, if you’re planning on trying to conceive soon, book your dental visit today. You’ll want to get any x-rays out of the way before you’re pregnant.
Dental Issues and the Developing Baby
Dental problems can have effects on a developing baby. Studies have shown links between the quality of oral health that the mother has and infant health. Periodontal disease in particular has been shown to result in an increased chance of newborn complications. If you’re pregnant and haven’t seen you dentist recently, here’s another nudge to go do so!
Your pregnancy can increase your desire for sugary foods, which is highly detrimental to the health of your teeth. We aren’t saying you should avoid or ignore your cravings entirely, but try your best to keep in mind everything that’s going on. Brushing your teeth might feel strange, and can potentially induce vomiting. Coupled with morning sickness, you’ll likely feel discouraged from doing it. However, brushing your teeth is that much more important during a pregnancy, as the changing hormone levels and the acidic nature of vomit can have adverse effects on teeth. It’s critical that you try your best to keep them clean to reduce these risks as much as possible.
Finally, let your dentist know once you’re pregnant! They’ll be able to best discuss with you what to do and make plans going forward. If you’re looking to switch dentists, or simply have questions and are looking for answers, Centennial Smiles is here to help! Visit us at our offices or call us at (587) 353-5060 today!