Brushing For Two: 3 Dental Problems You May Face During Pregnancy

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When you're pregnant, your body goes through many changes. Most of those changes will be monitored by your OB/GYN. However, some changes will take place inside your mouth – specifically your teeth and gums. You might not realize this but pregnancy can lead to dental problems. Here are three dental problems you might face while you're pregnant.

Damage Caused by Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is a common ailment associated with pregnancy. Unfortunately, the vomiting that comes along with morning sickness can severely damage your teeth. Vomit contains high levels of stomach acid. Over time, that stomach acid can cause the enamel on your teeth to erode. You can prevent permanent damage to your teeth by these simple steps each time you vomit.

  • Rinse your mouth with plain water for about 30 seconds.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth for about 15 minutes after you vomit.  
  • Use a fluoridated mouth rinse after you brush your teeth.

Gum Sensitivity and Swelling

When you're pregnant, your body produces additional hormones. Your body needs the additional hormones to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Unfortunately, the increased hormones can take their toll on your gums. While you're pregnant, you may notice that your gums bleed each time you brush or floss your teeth. It's also possible that you'll notice an increase in swelling and redness in your gums. To keep your gums healthy, continue to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. However, since your gums are more sensitive during pregnancy, you should switch to a softer toothbrush. You should also rinse with clear water whenever you feel your mouth getting dry.

Exaggerated Gag Reflex

Now that you're pregnant, you might notice that your gag reflex is slightly exaggerated. This exaggerated gag reflex can make it difficult to brush your teeth. While you can't stop brushing your teeth during pregnancy, there are some things you can do to reduce your gag reflex.

  • Trade your full-size toothbrush for a smaller, child's toothbrush.
  • Close your eyes and breathe through your nose when brushing your teeth.
  • Use small strokes when brushing your teeth.
  • Don't touch the back of your tongue with your toothbrush.

Now that you're pregnant, it's particularly important that you practice proper oral hygiene. The tips provided here will help you overcome some of the common dental problems associated with pregnancy. Be sure to see your dentist for routine exams during your pregnancy. If your gums begin to bleed excessively during pregnancy, or you develop other dental problems, be sure to speak to your dentist.

For a local dentist, contact a doctor such as Dr. Robert Petrtyl.


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