Expecting a baby is a joyous experience. Along with the joy comes a busy nine months of preparation, baby showers, diaper parties, culminating in the birth of your little one. Along with the physical changes made inside your home in anticipation of your child, a mother’s body will be altered, affecting her oral health. To have a safe and healthy journey throughout pregnancy, read about some symptoms that may occur and what to do about them:
1. Swollen, Tender, or Bleeding Gums
Your gums might feel tender, swell, and bleed a little during pregnancy. This might begin around the second trimester, and you’ll notice it while brushing and flossing. Continue to gently brush and floss twice a day, and talk with your doctor or dentist if your gums are particularly uncomfortable.
2. Periodontal Disease
Caused by untreated gingivitis, periodontal disease can be exacerbated during pregnancy. Swelling of gums, bleeding, and bad breath are associated with this disease. Speak to your dentist if you have concerns, and rinse your mouth with salt water to help alleviate gum swelling and pain.
3. Plaque Build-up
Hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy make it harder for your body to fight off plaque. Plaque buildup can cause gum problems, so maintain your oral care regime and don’t skip professional cleanings.
4. Tooth Decay
Changes in hormone levels can leave teeth vulnerable to bacteria and plaque, putting you at greater risk for tooth decay. Your dental hygienist will discover if you have potential decay when you go in for a regular cleaning.
5. Pregnancy Tumours
You may see overgrowth of tissue on the gums, believed to be caused by the buildup of plaque. They usually disappear after the birth of the baby.
Check-ups are Safe During Pregnancy
The good news is that good oral hygiene lowers the risk for potential dental problems during pregnancy. Proper brushing and flossing reduces plaque buildup and makes stronger, healthier gums. Getting an oral checkup and regular teeth cleaning to remove plaque is safe, and one of the most important things you can do during pregnancy.
Contact Dr. Urszula Barrios at (519) 767-6453 to keep your mouth clean and healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.