Pregnancy affects your entire body — including your mouth. While you’re pregnant, it’s normal to experience dental health issues you’ve never had before. Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska wants to highlight the importance of good oral health practices during pregnancy because the condition of your mouth is linked to your overall health.
The Anchorage oral surgeons share three oral health issues you need to be aware of while you’re pregnant:
- Gingivitis: Pregnancy causes a spike in hormone levels. These hormones can lead to gingivitis bacteria growth — especially during the second month or so. If you notice your gums swelling, becoming redder, or bleeding while you’re brushing your teeth, contact your oral surgeon.
- Dry mouth: This condition also invites bacteria growth, which can cause discomfort, difficulty while speaking, and bad breath. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and rinse your mouth when necessary. Be sure to brush your teeth and floss every day, because a lack of saliva means food particles are more likely to lodge between your teeth.
- Enamel erosion: Morning sickness during pregnancy can be accompanied by vomiting, which can lead to enamel erosion. After you vomit, it’s important to wait about 20 minutes before brushing so you don’t spread stomach acid across your tooth enamel. In the meantime, rinse with water.
For more dental care tips, reach out to the expert oral surgeons at Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska. Visit their Facebook or website to learn more about their services, including cosmetic dental care and dental implants. Contact them online or call (907) 561-1430 if you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment.