Pregnancy and Oral Health

Published on October 16, 2016 by

Did you know that while you’re pregnant, there are a number of things you need to consider if you’d like to keep your teeth healthy and strong? Similarly, did you know that it’s important for you to keep your teeth healthy if you’re interested in having a healthy child or in keeping yourself healthy? Here are some quick tips to consider.

First, if you’re pregnant, you could find yourself at an increased risk for gum disease. You see, while you’re pregnant, you’ll produce more estrogen and progesterone than normal. Sadly, these hormones can actually make your body react more aggressively to the plaque that’s in your mouth–which can lead to inflammation and gum disease. To make matters worse, if you have these issues, you may be more likely to give birth prematurely.

Pregnant women are also more prone to enamel damage and cavities, partially because morning sickness increases the acidity in the mouth. Please note that brushing your teeth right after vomiting may actually be more harmful than helpful. Because acidity can weaken enamel, brushing may damage your enamel further. We recommend waiting about 30 minutes before brushing. You may also want to consider swishing your mouth with water to reduce the acidity.

You should of course remember to brush and floss daily. Eating a healthy diet can also help you keep your mouth healthy. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist, Dr. David Gonzalez, at the beginning of your pregnancy. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact David Gonzalez at 619-422-5365. We’re eager to hear from you.

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