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Gum disease and pregnancy – how to look after your teeth during pregnancy

February 10, 2017

It is not uncommon for some women to develop sore and swollen gums that could also bleed, during pregnancy. It is essential to keep a close eye on your oral health during pregnancy, as you are more susceptible to developing gum disease.

What causes raised susceptibility to gum disease in pregnancy?

Increased symptoms of gum disease in pregnancy are caused by hormonal changes which render your gums more sensitive to plaque which in turn, lead to bleeding and inflammation.


What can my dentist do for me?

Dental care is free during your pregnancy and the following year after your due date. Regular check-ups will help keep track of your oral and dental health during your pregnancy.


How can I look after my gums and teeth during my pregnancy?

–       You should ensure that you are brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day.

–       Brush with a small-headed toothbrush that has soft bristles.

–       Try to avoid sugary drinks and foods such as confectionary, toffee and caramel that can become  stuck in your teeth and encourage the emergence of plaque and tartar.

–       Try to avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol.

–       Avoid smoking.

–       If you eat between meals, try to snack on fruit and vegetables as much as possible.

–       Floss once a day to ensure that you are covering all your tooth surfaces.


Morning sickness

Morning sickness can also be a cause of gum disease and tooth decay. Vomit contains acid which corrodes your teeth. If you are sick, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water as soon as you can afterwards. However, do not brush your teeth immediately after being sick, as your teeth become softened by your stomach acid and your tooth enamel may become damaged.


Dental treatments to avoid during pregnancy

You should let your dentist know that you’re pregnant as there may be some treatments that you should avoid during pregnancy. This includes replacement fillings and the removal of amalgam fillings. Dental X-rays should also be put on hold until after you have had your baby.


If you would like to arrange a check-up with us here at Boyne, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our dentists can also offer you advice on how to look after your teeth during pregnancy.


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