Wellness Tips | 15 February, 2021

Oral Health & Pregnancy

Are you pregnant? Here’s why it’s even more important to look after your teeth.

Worried about visiting your dentist whilst pregnant? Don’t be! We’re pleased to tell you that dental visits for pregnant women are completely safe – however if you are concerned, contact your local Maven Dentist who will be more than happy to answer and any questions you may have.

So, to help minimise any risks to either mum or bub during pregnancy, here’s some great general advice and some common conditions to look out for:

  • Good oral health is very important during your pregnancy and your teeth and gums need special attention. This means regular brushing twice daily, flossing once daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting the dentist regularly.
  • Morning Sickness - for some women, morning sickness is a major symptom of pregnancy. Along with the nausea comes additional acid that, if left in your mouth, can erode your teeth. Be sure to rinse your mouth out with water or with a fluoride mouthwash to keep the acid level under control.
  • Dry Mouth - pregnancy dry mouth can put women at a greater risk for problems such as tooth decay and infections. So, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and perhaps chew sugar free gum to enhance production of saliva.
  • Pregnancy Gingivitis - most women notice changes in their gums during pregnancy; common signs are gums that look more red than usual, that may bleed during brushing. These changes are referred to as "pregnancy gingivitis," and are most common early on in the pregnancy as the hormones oestrogen and progesterone levels increase.
  • Pregnancy Epulis – occurs when Pregnancy Gingivitis leads to localised swelling or lumps that can cause discomfort and affect eating and speaking.

Prevention is better than cure, so if you are pregnant, make an appointment with your local Maven Dentist for a check-up today!