Pregnancy is an exciting time for a growing family. If this is your first time being pregnant you may experience a myriad of symptoms because pregnancy effects literally every aspect of a woman’s body due to increased hormones, including your mouth and gums. Taking care of your teeth during these nine months is important. We recommend at least one dental visit during your pregnancy so your dentist can monitor your dental health.
One of the most obvious changes you might notice while pregnant is dry mouth which results from the change in your hormones. Many women also experience puffy or swollen gums later in their pregnancy and almost half of all pregnant women experience gingivitis. It typically goes away after childbirth so don’t be alarmed. Some women also experience their teeth feeling loose during pregnancy; like pregnancy induced gingivitis this also disappears after childbirth but check with your dentist if you have concerns.
Proper nutrition is important for your baby’s dental development. Your baby’s teeth and bone structure begin to develop between the months three through six of pregnancy. Eating plenty of whole foods rich in vitamins including A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous will give your body the nutrients your baby needs. Although you may experience cravings throughout your pregnancy, avoid foods high in sugar to prevent tooth decay. Hydration is also important to your own dental health to keep your body healthy and happy.
Both the American Dental Association and the American Congress on Obstetrics and Gynecology both agree that dental care is safe and important. If you have elective procedures those should be scheduled post pregnancy, but always check with your dentist if you have any questions.