Why Is It Important To Look After My Teeth During Pregnancy?
You’re pregnant. Congratulations! At Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre our dentists understand that pregnancy can be an exciting time that also requires close attention to be paid to your dental health.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can result in your gums becoming inflamed, red and sometimes bleeding when you brush your teeth. ‘Pregnancy gingivitis’ can start within the first trimester of pregnancy resulting in swollen and inflamed gums.
The hormone progesterone can alter a woman’s response to gingival plaque or tartar resulting in exaggerated bleeding, pain and swelling. As a result of the hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy women are at higher risk of developing gum disease, otherwise known as ‘periodontal disease’ during pregnancy.
During pregnancy it is advisable to attend during your second trimester for a dental cleaning. This allows your dentist to assess your mouth for red nodules called ‘pregnancy granuloma’s’ which are usually found on the gums of the upper jaw. These nodules can be painful but usually uneventfully regress following the birth of your baby. Your dentist at Smile Hub will also assess your mouth for tooth erosion as this can occur if you experience morning sickness. It is advisable to drink plenty of water during this time and chew sugar free chewing gum after meals to stimulate saliva flow as dry mouth can occur during pregnancy.
We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and providing you with a comprehensive dental examination. We’re also passionate about providing excellence in dental care to children from the age of 3 years old in Smile Hub Dental Clinic. We would be delighted to provide you with some useful tips on caring for your baby’s future oral health too.