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Does Pregnancy Affect Oral Health

Posted on 3/21/2022 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
Does Pregnancy Affect Oral HealthYour oral health is of paramount importance even when you are pregnant. A mom-to-be might get overwhelmed and will neglect their oral health. Ensure that you visit the dentist regularly so that the dentist will access your oral health and get you a dental plan that you will use during pregnancy time. By ensuring that the gums and teeth are properly taken care of it will make a difference in the oral health of the mother and baby after giving birth.

Pregnancy and Exhaustion

After the end of each day, you will find out that you get completely tired. Being pregnant makes you even more exhausted and you will forget brushing and flossing of teeth. When you are pregnant you need to brush and floss your teeth and make it a routine to ensure that there is no accumulation of plaque and tartar. During pregnancy, a woman experiences hormonal changes which can bring danger to the gums of the mother. This can bring about gingivitis where the gums will bleed and get inflamed. When gingivitis is not treated it can lead to periodontitis which is a more severe form of gum disease.

When you have morning sickness it might bring about stomach acid and mostly it makes its way to the mouth and can cause harm to the teeth by eroding the enamel. You will find out that you eat more when pregnant and this makes you crave sugary snacks. The teeth will then be exposed to bacteria that cause decay, so it is good to ensure that after snaking regularly, you observe oral health. The dental professional will ensure that you have optimal oral health during the pregnancy period and will encourage you to visit the dentist after giving birth to ensure that you have healthy teeth and gums.

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