During Pregnancy, dental problems are far more likely. It is important to understand why this is, what they are exactly, and how they are treated while you’re pregnant, and how to prevent these dental problems from occurring. Let’s start by exploring how your mouth is more prone to dental problems specifically during pregnancy.
Your Mouth During Pregnancy
Pregnancy causes many hormonal and chemical changes in a woman’s body that affect many areas, including the mouth. There is an increase in blood flow throughout the body, which causes more acidity in the mouth. The rise of acidity in the mouth can cause a lot of dental problems. Because of this oral chemical change, there are a slew of dental problems that are more likely to occur than when you are not pregnant.
Specific Dental Problems During Pregnancy
Pregnancy Gingivitis– When the lining of your gums becomes swollen, sore, and bleeds easily, you might have pregnancy gingivitis. High levels of progesterone cause pregnancy gingivitis. This dental problem is not fun. If pregnancy gingivitis goes untreated, you could get a serious gum infection, or worse, a gum disease called periodontitis.
Loose teeth and tooth loss– Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause the bones and tissues of the mouth to weaken. These keep your teeth in place, so they may loosen as a side effect.
Pregnancy Tumors-Tumors in the mouth are painful bumps found in between teeth or nestled in the gum line. They are not cancerous, but are caused by too much plaque (bacteria that forms around teeth) which builds up from the rise of acidity in the mouth. Normally, they go away once you have your baby. If they don’t, however, you will need to get them surgically removed
Tooth decay– Enamel protects the tooth from decay. It is a tough layer that keeps teeth from decaying easily. During pregnancy, however, this dental problem is more likely to occur because the rise in acidity eats away at tooth enamel. Morning sickness can cause even more acidity in the mouth, so this dental problem definitely needs to be monitored.
How to Prevent Dental Problems
- Brush your teeth and floss everyday– this will keep plaque from building up which causes tooth decay.
- Visit your dentist every 6 months– this will help you be on top of any possible dental problems that could occur during pregnancy.
- Limit Sweets– they cause tooth decay, and will do so much easier with the presence of more acid.
How are Dental Problems Treated During Pregnancy?
Depending on the type of dental problem you have, your treatment options will vary. How far along you are in your pregnancy will also affect what route your dentist would like ensue. It might be as simple as needing a thorough cleaning, to needing actual surgery. Some dentists will tell you that you need to have your baby first before dental problems can be remedied. Always inform your dentist that you are pregnant because if x-rays need to be taken, your baby could be at risk if special preventive methods aren’t taken. Waiting to be diagnosed will only increase the likelihood of complications. Don’t wait, meet with an professional dentist today.
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