What you probably don’t know about oral health and pregnancy
When you’re expecting a little one, there’s a lot on your mind, and chances are your teeth are the last thing you’re thinking about. You might be worried about bad breath, but it isn’t necessarily something you associate with pregnancy. At least not specifically. Of course, your strange cravings might make you more conscious about halitosis. You might coyly ask a dentist whether he/she has any suggestions about diluting the aftertaste of pickles dipped in vanilla ice cream, but beyond that, it’s unlikely you’ll worry about dental matters until you have a lively six-month-old with teething problems.
However, there a few things that expectant mothers should consider during their pregnancy. For instance, morning sickness doesn’t just affect your moods and comfort levels. It also affects your teeth. You will likely throw up a lot, and despite its name, first-trimester nausea isn’t restricted to morning hours. Many moms-to-be feel nauseated throughout the day, and for an unfortunate few, it extends beyond the three-month mark.
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You might be worried about all that tummy acid bathing your teeth, and the instinctive reaction is to brush your teeth after every visit to the ladies room. You don’t need to though. In fact, over-brushing could do more damage to your teeth than the acid itself, because excessive brushing can destroy your enamel and make your teeth sensitive.
Pregnancy makes many parts of your body swell, including your feet, your midriff, and yes, even your gums surrounding your teeth. They are more sensitive to swelling because your hormones are all over the place. Swollen gums could make your mouth feel sore and lead to bleeding when you brush.
Sometimes, the swelling teases your gums away from your teeth, leaving gaps that can trap bacteria. For this reason, you should pay extra attention to your flossing routine during your pregnancy. It will help you get rid of any bits of food or bacteria lodged inside those gaps. It might also be a good idea to see a dentist at our dental clinic, the Parramatta branch so that we can give you a professional clean. Our dental tools will effectively get into those loose gums and get rid of any potentially harmful bacteria hiding in there.
Pay us a visit at Dental Clinic Parramatta so that we can have a look at your teeth and make sure they are as healthy as the baby growing inside you. Give us a call today on 02 8004 0055 and book your appointment.