Excellent dental health is even more critical during pregnancy. Looking after your teeth and gums will help protect your unborn baby.
Many women can develop gum disease during pregnancy because of hormonal changes, and any existing gum disease may worsen. Severe gum disease or periodontal disease is a particular worry during pregnancy because it could increase the risk of a low birth weight baby or premature birth. Morning sickness is another problem that can affect dental health, exposing teeth to strong stomach acid and increasing the risk of tooth erosion. Although it’s tempting to brush your teeth immediately afterwards, it’s better to rinse your mouth with plain water or add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water to help reduce acidity. Aim to wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth to avoid damaging softened tooth enamel.
Ideally, we suggest having a full dental checkup and cleaning before you become pregnant but otherwise make an appointment to see our dentist as soon as you learn the happy news. Regular preventative dental care is perfectly safe during pregnancy and will help to protect your oral health and the health of your unborn child. We can provide a carefully tailored treatment plan to help keep you smiling right throughout your pregnancy.