You just found out you’re expecting: congratulations! Every newly expectant mother has one thing on her mind: the dentist. Just kidding. We know that’s the last thing you’re thinking! However, we hope we can convince you to have the dentist at least somewhere on your radar.
As you know, your body is about to go through many changes, and those include your teeth. When progesterone levels rise, that can make you more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay.
Symptoms of Pregnancy-Related Gingivitis
The first thing you may notice is bleeding or pain while brushing and flossing. Other signs are:
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Tender, puffy gums
- Red gums
The risk for developing these peeks during your third trimester. If your regular dental checkup doesn’t happen to fall during your third trimester, it’s not a bad idea to schedule an extra cleaning to make sure everything looks good.
Many pregnant patients are understandably concerned about X-rays. However, in today’s age, the dental X-rays we use are perfectly safe for pregnant women.
4 Healthy Smile Tips for Pregnant Women
Keep Up With Your Dental Hygiene. No one is off the hook! Brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit the dentist twice a year.
Eat Good, Healthy Food. A balanced diet is important for every aspect of health during pregnancy, and it’s also good for your teeth! Make sure to eat an abundance of:
- Whole grains
- Dairy products (if you’re not lactose intolerant)
Gargle With Sea Salt. If your gums feel inflamed, dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of warm water and gargle for 30 seconds. This might give you some relief from your sore mouth.
Visit Your Dentist. Be sure to keep up with your dental visits. In addition to your two six-month check-ups, it’s a good idea to schedule a visit during your third trimester. That’s when you’re at highest risk for developing pregnancy gingivitis.
Remember, always let your dentist know you’re pregnant! And rest assured that your dentist will keep the news confidential.