Considering all the changes a woman’s body experiences during pregnancy, she probably doesn’t give much thought to what’s happening to her teeth. But, pregnant women’s mouths also undergo changes due to hormonal fluctuations associated with carrying a baby, and this can lead to more cavities and other dental problems.
The First Trimester – What to Expect
A woman’s gums can become more irritated starting in the first trimester of pregnancy, so she should consider switching to a less abrasive toothpaste to avoid sensitivity when brushing. These milder kinds of toothpaste are also easier on tooth enamel which comes in handy if she is experiencing morning sickness.
The Second Trimester – Floss!
The increase in hormonal changes can produce inflammation which may lead to an increased amount of plaque on her teeth. This also means that her gums may bleed more than usual when flossing – and flossing twice a day is really important regardless of pregnancy or not! After the pregnancy is over, gums in a healthy mouth should go back to normal.
The Third Trimester – Heartburn
Many women experience heartburn in the third semester of their pregnancy. Swishing coconut oil in the mouth for 5 minutes after brushing can help protect teeth by creating a barrier that prevents acid from causing damage.
If you are a woman who is pregnant or hopes to become pregnant, please don’t forget that your dental health is a major component of your overall health, and taking care of every aspect of your well-being is crucially important during this time in your life.
If you have any additional questions about how pregnancy can affect your oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Dr. Karen Roberts