Pregnancy can be a period of risk for dental problems.
However, there are some common misconceptions about pregnancy and dentistry. Firstly, pregnancy does not cause calcium to be lost or leached from the teeth.
The dental problems relating to pregnancy are as follows:
Pregnancy hormones can change the blood supply to the teeth resulting in gums that are much more prone to bleeding. This however, can be controlled well by minimizing the bacterial build up on the teeth that is the source of the irritation to the gums. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits can ensure this will not be a problem.
Higher risk of dental decay.
Pregnancy can be a risk period for dental decay due to a number of factors.
Morning sickness.Vomiting and nausea caused by morning sickness increases the acids in the mouth which increases the risk of dental decay and erosion. After vomiting, rinse your mouth with water. You can also rub some toothpaste on your teeth with your finger. Avoid brushihg your teeth for at least 30 minutes to avoid acids being rubbed into your teeth.
Sometimes, people drink sweetened drinks or eat sweet snacks to alleviate the symptoms of nausea. These sweetened drinks and snacks can increase the risk of dental deagy.
Cravings for sweet, or sweet and sticky snacks will put your teeth at risk of further dental problems.