Pregnancy may cause changes in your dental health. Like most other things in your pregnancy, these changes are caused by the surge of hormones that expectant mothers experience. Gum tissue in particular, is quite vulnerable to plaque and gingivitis is a common ailment during pregnancy.
Pregnancy causes an increase in the hormones called progesterone and estrogen, both of which can lead to a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis.” This issue can begin as early as 8 weeks into your pregnancy and can last all the way to delivery. If left untreated, gingivitis can eventually cause tooth loss. The upside to this condition is that it can call attention to other harmful dental issues or act as a warning that worsening hygiene problems may be on their way.
The best way to keep a healthy mouth during pregnancy is to brush at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, use mouthwash, and visit SpringRock Dental at least every 6 months for a dental cleaning and exam. By practicing good oral hygiene, you’ll keep plaque and gingivitis at bay, allowing you to focus on preparing for a baby instead of dealing with dental appointments.
If you have any other questions regarding your dental health, or the safety of any oral procedures during your pregnancy, please contact SpringRock Dental today. Our dental office is located in Aurora, CO.