Four Oral Health Concerns to Expect When You Are Expecting
Posted on 6/30/2016 by Dr. Kelsey Ullsmith
Pregnancy is full of changes, both physically and emotionally. However, many pregnant women don't consider the changes that might develop in their mouths.
By knowing what you can expect in terms of oral changes during pregnancy, you can take the necessary steps to keep your mouth healthy.
Early stages of gum disease are extremely common during pregnancy, as increased hormone levels can result in the growth of certain bacteria faster than normal. You may experience symptoms beginning in your second month of pregnancy, including bleeding and inflamed gums.
Some pregnant women have a difficult time regulating the moisture levels in their mouths. If you are experiencing dry mouth, try to sip on water throughout the day or to chew on sugar-free gum. These tips can help you to improve the saliva output found in your mouth and can help to keep it clean during brushing.
Many women suffer from morning sickness during their first trimester, and unfortunately, this can be damaging to your teeth. Frequent vomiting can cause the enamel to wear away, as your vomit will contain high levels of acid. After you vomit, make sure that you aren't brushing your teeth right away. Instead, just rinse out your mouth and try to save brushing for at least 30 minutes.
Soft Tissue Granuloma
About 1-5% of pregnant women will experience granuloma of the gums. This involves small red bumps or nodules, typically along the gum line. Not much is known about the cause, but the issue is most likely to develop during the second trimester. These granuloma usually go away on their own after the baby is born.
If you are expecting a baby, it is important to continue visiting your dentist as scheduled. Your cleanings will be more important than ever in order to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.