Whether this is your first pregnancy or not, you may want to pay attention to your teeth. With the change in hormone levels, your teeth and gums might require more time and detail care.If you have reason to believe that your oral care is going to need more attention from the dentist, you should check to see if your dental insurance provider will cover additional cleanings during pregnancy. If not, you will have to determine if you can pay out of pocket.
Changes During Each Trimester in Oral Health
During your first trimester, and really throughout your pregnancy, pay attention to your gums and notice if your gums become inflamed or puffy. Gingivitis can happen during pregnancy due to the change in hormones.
Having a bland toothpaste and a smaller soft toothbrush well help avoid morning sickness. If you are suffering from morning sickness, it is important to get the acid off your teeth and you should frequently rinse your mouth out.
Cravings and snacking seem to become normal during pregnancy. We recommend trying to avoid sugary snacks, even if you are craving them. Bacteria in your mouth love to feed on sugar and can cause cavities. Vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin B12 are important in helping you sustain healthy teeth and gums during pregnancy. If your diet is giving you plenty of these than consult a pharmacist about supplements.
Be aware of granuloma. Granuloma are small tumors that are temporary. They usually appear on your mouth or lips. If you notice these, consult your dentist. We can create a treatment plan to help you.
Your third trimester, you should be sure to stay diligent in your brushing twice a day and flossing at night. You want to do the best you can, avoid any type of dental treatment during your last six weeks of being pregnant. You can schedule your dental appointment for a time after the baby arrives.
If you have any questions regarding your pregnancy dental care, feel free to give us a call! We will be happy to help you.