Experiencing Pregnancy And Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
Of all the changes mothers undergo during their pregnancy, one of the least considered is related to dental health. With everything you have to think about with your impending delivery date, it may have skipped your mind that your oral health may need extra attention. The changes in hormone levels that cause sleep, hunger, and even mood to go haywire can have additional consequences for your teeth. Thankfully there are opportunities before you reach the third trimester to take action for your oral health.
How Pregnancy and Oral Health Are Connected
A study published by the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research demonstrated that the oral health of women during pregnancy is a serious consideration. They found that the immense changes that the patient’s body undergoes during pregnancy can have serious impacts on the health of the mother’s teeth and gums. Boosted levels of estrogen and progesterone lead to a rise in blood flow, which can result in the blood vessels in the gums expanding, making them more sensitive to pressure. Many women experience gingivitis during the early stages of their pregnancy due to these hormonal changes.
- Erosion of the Enamel: Complications that comes with morning sickness, such as vomiting and nausea, boost the levels of acid in the mouth. This can result in higher levels of erosion and consequentially damage to the enamels.
- Dental Cavities: Poor hygiene, damage to the enamel, and dietary changes.
- Tooth Loss: Increased sensitivity of the gums and erosion of the enamel can lead to a risk of tooth loss. This occurs when the decay has caused the gums to separate from the tooth and decay from plaque formation.
Protecting Your Teeth While Waiting For Baby
Consistent appointments with your dentist are essential during your pregnancy to maintain good oral health. The majority of treatments and care that you’ll receive from your dentist are perfectly safe for the baby. While x-ray imaging is avoided with pregnant patients, the level of radiation used is perfectly safe for both the mother and child. Periodontal disease has also been associated with higher risks of preterm birth and preeclampsia, as well as disease and infection in the newborn.