Pregnancy and Oral Health: What You Need to Know

Pregnancy is an exciting time in any new parent’s life, but it can also come with certain dental challenges. From morning sickness to nutritional needs, your Fioritto dentist can help you address your needs and prevent complications during pregnancy.

Here’s an overview of what you should know about dental care during pregnancy.

Hormone changes and oral health

Pregnancy is tough on the body. Your body is flooded with certain hormones like progesterone and estrogen, which increase the risk for oral health problems. For example, progesterone and estrogen can temporarily loosen the tissue and bones that help keep your teeth in place, which can make them feel loose during pregnancy. Gingivitis and gum disease are also common during pregnancy, and may also lead to loose teeth or bacteria in the bloodstream.

Some women experience benign, non-cancerous oral tumors. They’re small lumps that form on the gums, usually between the teeth. This is caused by too much plaque, and while they can look distressing, they usually go away on their own after giving birth. Fortunately, maintaining your oral care routine can help prevent gum disease and pregnancy tumors.

Managing the effects of morning sickness

Many expecting parents find out that “morning sickness” is something of a misnomer: you may experience it at any time of day. If your morning sickness leads to vomiting, the excess stomach acid can erode your tooth enamel. This increases your chances of forming cavities.

If you can’t brush your teeth due to the vomiting, you can use antacids to neutralize stomach acid—just talk to your OB-GYN before taking them. Alternatively, rinse your mouth with a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda in one cup of water until the sickness has passed—then brush your teeth as usual.

Diet and nutritional considerations

Your OB-GYN has probably explained which nutritional needs are highlighted during pregnancy. Always follow their advice and ask before taking any supplements. In the meantime, consuming a diet rich in calcium ensures that both you and your baby are getting enough nutrients for healthy teeth and bone development.

Cavities and fillings

If you need to have a cavity filled while you’re planning to get pregnant, pregnant or nursing, ask your Fioritto dentist for mercury-free composite resin fillings. Mercury, which is common in some types of dental fillings, can cause pregnancy complications. Composite resin fillings are safe for you and the baby, and as an added bonus, the filling is the same color as your teeth.

Consult the experts

Finally, remember to use both your OB-GYN and your Fioritto Family Dental care team as resources. If you have questions about how pregnancy is affecting your oral health, concerns about complications or simply want to make sure everything is proceeding properly, be sure to ask! We are happy to monitor your oral health, address any issues that crop up and work with your OB-GYN’s recommendations.

Reach out to the friendly Fioritto Family Dental team today to schedule your next appointment.