How can I keep my teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy?
Real Mom Problem
“A lot of people said they lost their teeth after pregnancy. That really freaked me out! I was just wondering if teeth problems happen a lot. I am kind of a nut when it comes to my teeth.”
- 1. Gum disease is associated with preterm labor; take good care of your teeth during pregnancy to avoid complications
- 2. Brush your teeth and floss frequently, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- 3. It is common for your gums to swell and bleed more while you are pregnant, due to hormonal changes
- 4. It is safe to get dental checkups during pregnancy. Some dentists recommend that you visit the dentist more frequently when you are pregnant
- 5. Dental work such as filling cavities should be scheduled during the second trimester
Real Mom Solutions
It's important to take good care of your teeth and gums while you're pregnant. Believe it or not, gum disease has been associated with preterm labor. Read these moms' suggestions for staying on top of oral care while you are expecting.
Poor Oral Health Has Consequences
Bad teeth and gum disease during pregnancy can lead to preterm labor.
They know for a fact that certain types of oral bacteria can trigger preterm labor. If you have something weird going on in your mouth, your defense system will work on that at the expense of other parts, including baby.
Understand Why Problems Occur
I'm a Dental Hygienist so I'm extra diligent! Gums bleed readily because your body is overreacting to the bacteria or plaque that sits along your gum-line, this is usually associated with the elevated hormones in your body. You have to be on top of plaque control and stick with your cleaning every six months. Make sure you are brushing along your gum-line, which is a common error, and you must floss every 24 hours! With proper oral care there should be minimum to NO bleeding of the gums! The less you floss the more the gums hurt and bleed!
A woman's body during pregnancy reacts differently to plaque (swollen gums, bleeding when brushing, etc.). It's important to care for your teeth (and have regular cleanings) before and during pregnancy. There are a number of dental issues that can come up during pregnancy, and regular visits to your dentist can address any problems early.
Practice Healthy Habits
I brush twice a day and I had my last dentist appointment just before we got pregnant, so I'm good for a few months. I do need to step up my flossing though. I noticed some tenderness the other day and made sure to floss.
I visited the dentist in the beginning of my pregnancy. I make sure to brush and floss twice a day.
I brush my teeth, use mouthwash, and floss. But I need to make a dentist appt one of these days.
I definitely take more time brushing, floss more often, and use mouthwash most of the time. I also try not to eat or drink too much that's abrasive on my teeth and I've made sure to go to the dentist and get all my dental work done.
I always brush at least twice a day but I also brush after I get sick. I am waiting until the second trimester to get some work done on my teeth.