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Common Dental Problems During Pregnancy

The changes that you encounter while pregnant not only affect you, but your little one as well. That’s why taking care of your overall health including your oral health is more important than ever. So, between decorating the nursery and visiting your OB-GYN, don’t forget to stop by your dentist for a checkup!

Is it Safe to Visit the Dentist While Pregnant?

Yes, absolutely! Let your dentist know that you’re expecting as soon as possible. Tell them how far along you are and about any medications you are taking when you arrive at your appointment. Getting regular dental checkups during pregnancy is safe and important for both you and your baby.

Going to the dentist while pregnant gives you the chance to take care of routine cleanings and procedures like cavity fillings before your baby is born. It also allows your dentist to help with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might be experiencing.

What are signs and symptoms of dental health problems during pregnancy?

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth sores
  • Sore or swollen gums
  • Toothaches

Oral Pain Remedy

Looking for a remedy for tooth and gum pain? The Dr. Brite Soothe & Restore oral spray works quickly to alleviate oral pain and freshen breath with peppermint oil in just a few sprays. Formulated with the highest-quality organic ingredients such as organic tea tree oil to kill bacteria and organic aloe vera juice to ease gum irritation, this alcohol-free mouth spray supports your body’s natural healing process.

Can you get dental work done while pregnant?

Dental work while pregnant, such as cavity fillings and root canals, should be treated as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection. Numbing medications your dentist may use during the procedure are also completely safe you and your unborn baby. 

Are Dental X-rays Harmful During Pregnancy? 

According to the American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, X-rays are safe during pregnancy. Even though radiation from dental X-rays is extremely low, your dentist or hygienist will cover you with a leaded apron that minimizes exposure to the abdomen. They will also cover your throat with a leaded collar to protect your thyroid from radiation.

Oral Health Problems During Pregnancy

From increased blood flow to hyperactive hormones, pregnancy takes a toll on your body. Here are some of the most common dental problems that you may be experiencing at this very moment. 

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Gum disease is a common oral problem for adults, but it’s even more common in pregnant women due to hormonal changes. Gum disease, in its early stages, is known as gingivitis and it can develop into a more serious condition that’s been associated with heart attacks, strokes and premature birth rates. But don’t worry, here’s how you can treat pregnancy gingivitis more naturally.

Can Pregnancy Cause Loose Teeth?

High levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy can affect the tissues and bones that keep your teeth in place. This can make your teeth loose or sensitive, even in the absence of gum disease. Make sure to tell your dentist if you're suffering from this common symptom.

Tooth Decay During Pregnancy

As an expecting mother your increased hormones can affect your body's response to plaque, which contains bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease. 

During pregnancy you may experience morning sickness. The stomach acid can coat the teeth when you vomit, which can cause dental erosion and increase the risk of tooth decay.

  • Don’t brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes after vomiting. This will give the enamel time to recover from the acid attack.
  • Do rinse your mouth with water or an alcohol-free mouthwash after you vomit to help wash the acid away.

If you're one of the many women who experience unusual food cravings while pregnant, satisfy your appetite for sweet treats by snacking on healthier options like fresh fruit. Just make sure to rinse out your mouth with water after you eat to help reduce tooth decay.

Oral Hygiene Routine 

With proper hygiene at home and professional help from your dentist, your teeth should remain healthy throughout your pregnancy.

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day
  • Floss at least everyday 
  • Rinse after snacks and meals 
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months, maybe more frequently during pregnancy 
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet

Teeth Whitening While Pregnant

Want to brighten your smile before the baby is born? The Dr. Brite Teeth Whitening Pens are safe enough to use while pregnant! Here are some helpful tips to whitening your teeth during pregnancy.

 


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FAQs

1. Can pregnancy cause dental problems?

Pregnancy can cause dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay in some women, whereas it does not in others. During pregnancy, hormones affect gums and teeth. You can keep your teeth and gums in the best possible condition throughout your pregnancy if you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and see your dentist regularly.

2. How common is it to lose your teeth during pregnancy?

It is the most prevalent cause of tooth loss and rotting during pregnancy, and it is the most common cause of tooth loss and rotting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gingivitis can affect up to 75% of pregnant women.

3. What pregnancy complication can be caused by poor dental health?

Pregnant women who have poor oral health are more likely to have a premature birth or a low birth weight baby. Furthermore, they are more likely to develop gingival tissue ulcerations, pregnancy granulomas, gingivitis, pregnancy tumors (epulis gravidarum), loose teeth, mouth dryness, and dental erosions.

4. Are cavities more common during pregnancy?

Over the years, these are little, damaged patches on the surface of your teeth. Cavitations are more likely to develop during pregnancy. You can spread the bacteria that causes cavities to your child during pregnancy and after birth. As a result, your infant's teeth may suffer later on in life.

5. How can I prevent my teeth from falling out during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, keep your teeth and gums clean. For pregnant women, this is the most effective way to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. To maintain good oral health, pregnant women should brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste, floss once daily, and have a professional dental cleaning at least once a year.

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