Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect your teeth and gums; here are some tips to maintain good oral hygiene from Ocean Dental Marbella
Finding out that you are expecting a baby can be one of the most exciting moments of your life! Your body will be experiencing all sorts of changes as well as your lifestyle. With all the changes you will be experiencing, we know that visiting the dentist will be the last thing on your mind; however, planning regular dental check-ups over the next 9 months is extremely important in order to avoid any oral health issues, including gum disease and small round raised areas on the gums.
Some women develop “pregnancy tumours” due to hormonal changes while pregnant but these are not malignant so there is no need to be alarmed by the name. These tiny growths look like tiny raspberries between the teeth and most often appear during the second trimester. In most cases, the tumours will vanish after your baby is born but if they cause discomfort, Ocean Dental Marbella can remove them.
Hormones play a part in making your gums swell while pregnant, leading to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. If you notice that your gums are bleeding more frequently during pregnancy, Ocean Dental Marbella recommends being proactive about it rather than hoping it will go away. We recommend more frequent professional teeth cleanings, at least until your baby is born.
Morning Sickness, acid reflux and caring for your teeth
Morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy for many women and it brings up issues such as tooth erosion due to the regular contact of acid from your stomach. The best thing you can do to protect the enamel on your teeth is to gargle with a glass of baking soda and water. A teaspoon of baking soda mixed into a glass of water will help neutralize the acid from your stomach, and then you can brush your teeth after. If you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux later in your pregnancy, the gastric acid can have the same effect on your teeth so we recommend doing the same.
Visit Ocean Dental Marbella regularly during your pregnancy
Regular visits to the dentist are the best way to ensure your mouth (and your baby) stay healthy during pregnancy. Be sure to let your dentist know that you’re pregnant as soon as you know as some treatments or medications may need to be postponed to avoid any risks during pregnancy. The second trimester is often the ideal time to have minor dental work performed, such as having a cavity filled, or a professional cleaning, if needed. Contrary to popular belief, seeing your dentist for a teeth cleaning and dental X-ray is safe while you are pregnant.
Oral hygiene tips at home
Pregnancy means big changes in your body and your lifestyle; remember that it’s just as important to take care of your teeth and gums as it is the rest of you. At home, we suggest brushing your teeth regularly after meals to help prevent plaque, tartar build-up and gingivitis. Also, remember to floss at least once a day; swelling makes it easier for bits of food to get stuck in hard-to-reach places.
Don’t delay; book your appointment with Ocean Dental Marbella today!