Help me keep my mouth healthy » Pregnant Women
Firstly, the dental team at Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester would like to congratulate you on your pregnancy. Pregnancy can be an exciting time with lots to plan for. Our Leicester dentists also urge you to give some consideration to your oral health during pregnancy.
It's more important than ever to pay close attention to your dental health because the hormone changes during pregnancy can detrimentally affect your oral health.
Many pregnant women often notice that their gums are red, inflamed and sometimes bleed when they brush their teeth. The swelling and inflamed gums are referred to as 'pregnancy gingivitis' and this can start as soon as the second month of pregnancy.
The hormone progesterone can be around 10 times higher than normal during pregnancy, affecting the body's response to toxins as a result of plaque build-up. Women are therefore more susceptible to developing periodontal disease when these hormonal fluctuations occur.
Some women also experience a growth on their gums known as a pregnancy granuloma, which are red nodules, usually found on the upper gums. While they are not dangerous, they can cause discomfort.
Morning sickness affects your teeth
Other oral health problems may include tooth erosion as a result of constant exposure to acid from severe morning sickness. Dry mouth is another major complaint, but can be easily remedied by drinking plenty of water and using sugar-free chewing gum to stimulate saliva flow.
Regular visits are vital
If you are pregnant we recommend that you visit Smile Essential Dental Practice in Narborough Road Leicester for a thorough dental health examination so we can help you have a healthy and happy pregnancy.