There are many things to consider when you are pregnant.
Aside from eating healthy and a regular checkup with your OB-GYN, you should also not miss visiting your dentist.
Oral health should not be taken for granted when you’re pregnant.
The hormonal changes in your body can contribute to gum diseases like gingivitis or worse, periodontitis of any stage.
However, there are certain procedures that are not allowed to be completed during pregnancy.
So make sure that on your visit, tell your dentist that you are pregnant so they can avoid doing procedures that can complicate the pregnancy.
Are there special considerations when visiting your dentist during pregnancy?
Both you and your dentist are restricted from doing many things when you visit them. That is why it is important to tell them your state and condition so they can adjust their treatment procedure.
Experts suggest that the best time to visit your dentist is during the second trimester. Your growing fetus is vulnerable and delicate during the first and third trimester. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and tell them how you feel about certain treatments. The major concerns when you visit your dentist include:
- Doing x-rays for your teeth
- Undergoing sedation when you need a major tooth operation
- Taking medications that pose high risks to pregnant women
- Major teeth procedures like scaling and root planning.
What are some oral health risks during pregnancy?
- Gingivitis: During pregnancy, the risk of gingivitis is increased due to the changes in your hormones. This is characterized by swollen, red and sometimes bleeding gums when brushing or flossing.
- Dry mouth and metallic taste: Dysgeusia, a condition when there is a change in taste when eating. Most of the time, the food taste metallic. You will also experience a dry mouth because of the decreased salivary production. This could lead to gum problems like gingivitis.
- Tooth enamel erosion: There is a high risk of tooth enamel erosion because of the gastric acid during morning sickness vomiting.
How to avoid oral problems during pregnancy
You can save trips going to your dentist by taking preventive measure to avoid gum problems. Here are some easy solutions and prevention tips:
- Brush and floss regularly: It is imperative to be vigilant in taking care of your teeth because plaque formation can build up if you forget to brush your teeth. Use fluoride toothpaste and make sure to use proper technique when brushing your teeth. Don’t forget to floss because flossing can reach the places where your toothbrush just can’t. Brush and floss your teeth at least 2 times a day to take care of your teeth.
- Rinse with mouthwash: Millions of bacteria build up in your mouth everyday and you need to wash them off with a good antibacterial mouthwash.
- Eat healthy meals: Protect your teeth by eating healthy foods. Eat foods that are high in calcium, protein and packed with vitamins because they protect your teeth from gum diseases. Avoid starchy and sweets because when they stay in your mouth, bacteria thrive.