The Importance of Maintaining Your Oral Health During Pregnancy

The Importance of Maintaining Your Oral Health During Pregnancy

We at Highlight Family Dentistry would like to congratulate you on your upcoming bundle of joy. With all the changes you’ll be experiencing during this magical time, you can rest assured that our cutting-edge “Pregnancy Dentistry Program” will leave your oral health in tip-top shape. So get ready for your little one’s arrival, and trust your smile to our capable team!

Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

Here are some oral health concerns of moms-to-be:

Pregnancy Gingivitis: Hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy can cause the swelling of the gingiva (gums). Food can get trapped under and irritate your gums, leading to a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. If you notice red, swollen, or bleeding gums, make sure to contact our office for an appointment. We may recommend that you come in for more frequent dental cleanings until your baby is born.  

Morning Sickness: Frequent vomiting results in repeated and prolonged exposure of your teeth to stomach acids, leading to tooth enamel erosion, sensitivity, and tooth decay. Make sure to avoid brushing right after vomiting because the acids in your mouth can erode your teeth as you brush. It’s best to rinse with water or a fluoride mouthwash first to keep the acid levels in your mouth under control.

Pregnancy Cravings: Constant craving, snacking, and grazing on sugary treats and starches provides cavity-causing bacteria an abundant food source. As they feast, the bacteria produce acids that attack and erode the tooth enamel. Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after a sugary or starchy snack, or better yet, opt for a healthier alternative, such as a bowl of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, or nuts.

Dry Mouth: Many expectant moms develop dry mouth, which increases the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. To combat pregnancy dry mouth, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and chew sugarless gum to enhance your saliva production. 

Your Dental Health and Your Developing Baby 

Keeping your oral health in tip-top shape will reflect on your baby. That’s because harmful bacteria can transmit from a mother’s mouth to the newborn’s mouth, leading to childhood tooth decay and cavities and the need for extensive dental procedures at a young age. Moreover, your gum health can impact your child’s health. Studies show a link between periodontal (gum) disease and a host of problems, including premature delivery and lower birth weights. 

Our Pregnancy Dentistry Program

Before becoming pregnant, we recommend scheduling a visit to Highlight Family Dentistry. We will examine your teeth and complete any restorative procedures if needed. Once you become pregnant, any dental work will require a clearance from your OB/GYN. During your pregnancy, we recommend visiting our office for dental cleanings every three months. That will help safeguard your smile and keep dental disease at bay.

Pregnancy Dentistry Near Me

Visit Highlight Family Dentistry in Hutto, TX, to learn more about maintaining a healthy smile before, during, and after pregnancy. Our highly trained and experienced team is here to support your oral health every step of the way. Call us at (512) 886-2644 and schedule your appointment today!