Pregnancy is a life-changing phase for a woman. But it is important to take care of yourself because you are at your most vulnerable too at this phase. Regular checkups from top to toe, inside out are extremely important to keep both you and your baby healthy. Do not forget to look after your dental health as you look after your physical health. Look out for a few common conditions that tend to affect pregnant women.
Hormonal changes can affect pregnant women in different ways. Sometimes, weak gums can trigger pregnancy gingivitis in some women. This is gum inflammation, swelling, and soreness that can be quite painful. If it is left untreated, it can also lead to gum bleeding when you brush or floss, leading to more serious infections. Visit your dentist to get proper treatment if your gums happen to feel painful or sore.
Cavities are more prone during this time because of dietary changes. An increased intake of carbohydrates, sugar and food cravings beyond regular times can invite decay. Morning sickness can also wear away the protective enamel of teeth as more acids are secreted, making them more vulnerable to bacterial decay. Gestational diabetes, intrauterine growth restriction, pre-eclampsia and exhaustion can make you skip your regular dental habits. Make sure your hygiene routine does not take a back seat. Brush twice a day and floss once to keep dental diseases at bay. Make sure you rinse and brush your mouth after bouts of morning sickness.
Keep your dentist informed about any prescription medication you may be taking. This includes over-the-counter drugs, pain relievers and vitamin supplements. Your body is more sensitive at this time. If any medication affects your taste buds, cause unexpected discomfort or affects your dental health, both your general physician and dentist must be informed at once. If you experience tooth pain, your dentist can consult with your physician to prescribe the right medications for you. This also applies during root canal treatment, cavity filling or any dental procedure you may need to go through at this time for which you need local anesthetics or dental X-rays. Your dentist will have to choose the right numbing medication that is safe for both you and your baby.
Some women develop pregnancy tumours on their gums, usually around the second trimester. These are not prone to cancer but just growths between the teeth, often related to excess plaque. Sometimes, these may bleed or turn a bit raw or inflamed and they usually disappear after the baby is born. Check with your dentist about the correct treatment. Keep an eye on your dental health at all times since higher hormone levels may make you more vulnerable to them.
KR Dental – Your Cosmetic Dentistry in Oshawa
King Ritson Dental Clinic is your local dental clinic in Oshawa. We have a team of ten dental professionals and 25 dental hygienists who provide a variety of treatments and services to treat any issue you may have with your oral health. Whether you are pregnant or wish to get a dental check for your baby, call us for gentle care and leave with a fresh smile!