While you’re going through the many stages of pregnancy, you might not think much about your smile. Well, you should. In fact, smile care should be a top priority. This is because your pregnancy can affect your oral health in many ways. Pregnancy can affect your teeth, gums and smile by:
– Causing enamel erosion: Enamel erosion occurs when acid attacks and wears down the tooth enamel. This happens during pregnancy when you suffer from morning sickness. The acid in your vomit affects the teeth. It’s best to rinse your mouth with water after you throw up. Don’t immediately brush because it can make the erosion worse. Wait 30 minutes to brush.
– Causing pregnancy gingivitis: This involves red, swollen and tender gums. The gums also tend to bleed easily, especially when brushing and flossing. It’s important to treat pregnancy gingivitis immediately because it’s the first stage of gum disease, and gum disease is a serious and destructive dental problem. You can treat it by receiving a professional dental cleaning.
– Causing loose teeth: According to the Mayo Clinic, hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, can loosen the ligaments and bones that hold the teeth in place. This can cause loose teeth. Typically, the loose teeth will become stronger after your pregnancy, but it’s still best to talk to your dentist about the problem to make sure everything is OK.
Our dentist, Dr. Marc Resnick, strongly recommends cleaning and caring for your teeth, gums and smile regularly. You can do so by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your teeth daily and attending your dental checkups every six months. While you do these things, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and easy-to-use dental floss. You should also tell our dental team that you are pregnant when you come into our office.
Call Agreeable Dental Care today at 303-369-7272 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our dental team will be more than happy to tell you all about pregnancy and oral health in Aurora, Colorado. We look forward to talking with you!