If you’re expecting, you’ve likely noticed some big changes to your body. However, you may not know how pregnancy can affect your dental health. Although you have a lot on your mind during this exciting time, it’s important to keep your teeth and gums health through proper oral hygiene. Here’s what you should know about dental health during pregnancy.
How Does Pregnancy Affect Oral Health?
Hormones from pregnancy can cause your gums to swell, which may lead to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Fortunately, this condition can be avoided with vigilant brushing and flossing. Oral growth called “pregnancy tumors” must be treated by a dentist.
Morning Sickness and Tooth Erosion
Morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy for most woman. Not only does it affect your stomach, but it can also lead to tooth erosion if the acid from your stomach is strong enough. Protect your tooth enamel by swishing with baking soda and water right after a bout of morning sickness. The baking soda will neutralize the acid.
When to Visit Your Dentist
Dental cleanings are a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy, which is essential during pregnancy. Visiting Avenues Family Dentistry twice a year will improve your oral health, prevent gum disease, and reinforce your home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing.
Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning at Avenues Family Dentistry
Dr. Paul Porter and his dental associates customize dental plans for each member of your family with personalized attention and care. We want to get to know you and your family and provide the very best Salt Lake City dental care. To schedule your dental cleaning appointment with Avenues Family Dentistry today or to learn more about dental health during pregnancy, call us at (801) 328-4173!