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Caring for Your Teeth During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. Between fluctuating hormones, food cravings, and a myriad of other physical changes; pregnancy can be difficult to navigate. During this time, moms-to-be begin focusing on bettering their health, whether that includes starting a prenatal vitamin, increasing their daily vegetable consumption or beginning an exercise routine. Unfortunately, many women overlook the importance of maintaining their dental health. To keep your smile healthy, our Cary, NC dentist is providing you with helpful information to better your oral hygiene during your pregnancy.

Better Oral Health During Pregnancy

While pregnant, keeping up with your basic dental routine, including brushing twice a day, daily flossing and dental check-ups remains a fundamental part of caring for you and your developing baby.

Some Ways Pregnancy Affects Dental Health

Aches and pains during this time are a common occurrence. That being said, it’s wise to keep an eye on any concerning symptoms or changes you start to develop.

Here are some dental side effects of pregnancy:

● Nausea and vomiting from morning sickness can wear down tooth enamel, making teeth weak and brittle

● Pregnancy Gingivitis, which is normally a temporary condition that occurs during the second trimester causes symptoms that include swollen gums and bleeding.

● Pregnancy epulis or pyogenic granuloma – a localized enlargement of the gum which usually requires professional cleaning.

● Tooth decay and cavities, which develops due to overindulging in sugary snacks caused by food cravings

Do You Lose a Tooth with Each Baby?

Maybe you’ve heard of this old wives’ tale, but losing a tooth is not a normal part of pregnancy; however, having an existing dental problem makes this scenario more likely. Feeling like your teeth are a bit loose? Blame surging levels of progesterone and estrogen that can loosen the ligaments and bones keeping your teeth in place.Usually this sensation goes away after pregnancy, but talk to your dentist if you feel your teeth moving when they shouldn’t be.

Nutrition and Healthy Teeth

Pregnancy brings about all types of food cravings. Even though our dentist in Cary believes in indulging in cravings once in a blue moon, our patients are advised to consume sugary treats like candy and dessert in moderation. Desserts, and sugar in general can have a negative impact on your oral health. Bacteria love these types of foods! When you neglect both your diet and daily brushing habits, this combination results in tooth decay, cavities and even a tooth extraction.

Got a sugar craving you just can’t itch? Fruit is a great way to indulge your sweet tooth while equally providing vitamins and minerals needed to nourish your baby.

In addition to reducing sugar intake, you need to increase your intake of certain vitamins. For strong, healthy bones and teeth, pregnancy requires you to have adequate levels of calcium to better support your growing baby. Cheese and cruciferous vegetables like kale and broccoli are all great options!

Talk to Your Dentist If You Are Pregnant

Before making your next dentist appointment, talk to your dentist and let them know that you’re expecting. Good oral hygiene and dental checkups are still an important part of having a healthy smile, even when pregnant! It’s generally recommended by dentists to schedule an appointment after the first trimester, but please! Contact if you start experiencing any pain or think you may be having a dental emergency.

Now that you know how to better your oral health while pregnant, you can feel confident knowing that both of your smiles will be happy and healthy!

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