Pregnancy Dental Issues
Being pregnant can be very challenging sometimes. While it is a miracle and a gift that you are creating life, you may be experiencing some not so miraculous symptoms of growing a human. A little-known fact is that pregnancy dental issues exist. You probably already knew about the typical symptoms such as nausea, but here are a few pregnancy-related dental health issues that you should know about.
Pregnancy Dental Issues | Pregnancy Gingivitis
Many women experience something about pregnancy gingivitis. If you are experiencing tender gums that are swollen, red, and bleed when you try to care for them, you may have pregnancy gingivitis. It is not a serious condition and it is usually due to the changes in your hormones that make your gums sensitive.
Pregnancy Dental Issues | Morning Sickness
Morning sickness can be a very unpleasant part of pregnancy. If you have been suffering from it, especially past the first trimester, you may have noticed that it is changing the way your teeth feel. Unfortunately, morning sickness can cause your enamel to erode. The acid in your stomach can damage your enamel. The best way to lessen the impact of this is to rinse your mouth with a fluoride rinse that does not have alcohol and then brush your teeth after an hour or so. Brushing immediately after with the acid of your stomach coating your teeth can harm your enamel further.
Pregnancy Dental Issues | Dental Visits
Pregnancy is usually not that great of an issue when going to the dentist. There is always a concern with dental x-rays, so we tend not to take x-rays when a woman is pregnant. If there is an emergency and we need to take an x-ray, we can “double drape.” We use lead aprons that will protect the fetus. In addition, most obstetricians tend to tell us not to use anesthetics in the first trimester, especially those that contain vasoconstrictors. If you have a condition that would require anesthesia to treat it, you may consider either waiting until your second trimester or postponing it for after your pregnancy. You should have that conversation with your dentist.
If you would like to see an excellent dentist to care for your teeth while you are pregnant, please call our office today for a free consultation.