Oral health during pregnancy

Expecting? Remember to take care of your teeth

If you are pregnant, you will have plenty of planning to do and lots to think about, but try not to forget about your teeth and gums. Hormonal changes at this exciting time can negatively affect your oral health, so make sure you have a check-up and hygiene appointment.

As early as the second month of pregnancy, your gums may become swollen and inflamed, a condition known as ‘pregnancy gingivitis’. This is because the level of progesterone increases ten-fold during pregnancy and can affect how your body reacts to the bacteria in plaque.

Other oral conditions that may occur during pregnancy include:

  • Pregnancy granuloma – when red, uncomfortable nodules form on the upper gums.
  • Severe morning sickness – this can lead to tooth erosion due to repeated exposure to acid.
  • Dry mouth – this can be addressed by drinking more water and sucking sugar-free sweets.

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