We know that having a baby on the way is a very exciting, stressful, and busy time! But we suggest adding one more thing to your pre-baby to-do list; a dental checkup! Receiving a dental cleaning and an exam during your pregnancy is an important part of making sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. The increase in hormones that occurs during pregnancy can cause you to become more vulnerable to certain dental issues.
Oral Health Problems During Pregnancy
Pregnancy can worsen existing medical conditions or create new ones. Below are a few of the dental concerns associated with pregnancy:
Pregnancy Tumors – Some women may experience pregnancy tumors. These tumors are overgrowths of tissue that may appear on the gum tissue, usually in the second trimester of your pregnancy. While they may be uncomfortable, they shouldn’t cause pain and will go away after your baby is born. However, if they are causing you pain or concern, please contact your general dentist.
Tooth Decay – During pregnancy, you may experience morning sickness, a more sensitive gag reflex, and gum tenderness. This can make it difficult to maintain your usual at-home oral hygiene routine. If you neglect your oral health during pregnancy, you’re more susceptible to tooth decay and dental cavities.
Pregnancy Gingivitis – Gingivitis during pregnancy is so common that it even has its own name. Gum tissue is very sensitive to the changes in your hormones during pregnancy, making them more vulnerable to gum disease. The symptoms include swelling, bleeding, tenderness, and inflammation of the gum tissue.
The best way for you to keep your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy is to practice good at-home oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing every day, and visiting your general dentist at least once during your pregnancy for a dental cleaning and an exam.
To learn more about your endodontic health or to make an appointment at one of our endodontic offices, please contact Endodontic Specialists of Colorado. We have three locations in Colorado Springs North and Pueblo, Colorado.