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Pregnancy & Oral Health: What You Should Know

Pregnancy is often a stressful time for women. As an expecting mother, you experience a lot of changes. But while you have likely already thought about your growing belly and aching feet, you may not have given much thought to your teeth.

There are a few things you should know, as an expecting mother, about how to keep your mouth healthy as you prepare for your little one’s arrival.

Pregnancy and Gingivitis

There is a good chance you have heard a lot about hormones lately. Not only do hormones help make carrying a baby possible, but they are also responsible for mood swings, weird cravings, and the various changes your body goes through in those precious nine months.

Hormones also play a role in causing your gums to swell during pregnancy. Swollen gums pave the way for a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, to combat pregnancy gingivitis, you should consider more frequent dental visits for professional teeth cleanings.

At the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS in Huntsville, AL, we are more than happy to accommodate your needs. Call our office at 256-801-0002 to schedule an appointment. During your visit, we can come up with the best plan for keeping your mouth healthy during your pregnancy.

How Morning Sickness Affects Your Teeth

Morning sickness is an unfortunate reality for many pregnant women. It can potentially cause oral health issues. During pregnancy, women often experience heartburn or acid reflux. The acid from your stomach is strong enough to contribute to the erosion of your tooth enamel.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Dental Association (ADA) agree that although it may be tempting to brush your teeth after an episode of morning sickness, it is better to swish with baking soda and water instead. Baking soda will help neutralize the acid from your stomach. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a cup of water and rinse your mouth with the mixture to help clean the acid off your teeth.

Proper Dental Hygiene During Pregnancy

The key to proper dental hygiene during pregnancy isn’t too different from proper dental health at any other time. When you come in for a cleaning, be sure to tell us you are expecting. Also, be sure to keep us updated on any changes to your medical history as well as the medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking. Sometimes our course of treatment has to be adjusted based on new information.

At Dr. Perkins’s office, we treat you like family. As you go through significant life changes, like expanding your family, we want to do everything we can to make the experience more comfortable. We will celebrate with you and take steps to ensure your mouth is as healthy as it needs to be during your pregnancy.

Call us today at 256-801-0002 to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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