Pregnancy is the time of a woman’s life when she experiences a sharp sense of conscientiousness towards every aspect of her health, dental wellness included. The rush of hormones can affect her gums and teeth, making dental care an important part of the prenatal practice. Hormonal fluctuations can affect the body’s response to plaque, leading to diverse dental problems. At MIDAC, we know how decisive it is to maintain oral health during these valuable months. Let’s leap into the facts of safe dental care treatments during pregnancy and shine a light on what pregnant moms should steer clear of at the dentist’s office.

Visiting a dentist while pregnant is not only safe but also important and can help you evade common dental problems like Gingivitis and those annoying cavities. At MIDAC, we make sure all our soon-to-be moms are pampered and protected during their dental treatments, ensuring every visit is comfortable and safe.

The body goes through many changes during pregnancy, including those affecting dental health. Here is a guide to understanding and managing dental health during this vital period, highlighting the importance of hands-on oral care.

Recognizing Dental Health Changes in Pregnancy:

In the area of dental health, you may experience any of the following changes like persistent bad breath, mouth sores, widening gaps between teeth, teeth that feel looser and tender or swollen gums. In case of any of the above symptoms, it is always advised to go in for an immediate dental consultation to prevent any potential risk to the baby.

What are common dental problems during pregnancy?

Gingivitis is one of the most common dental issues, occurring due to increased levels of progesterone and estrogen. These hormones can enhance the growth of certain bacteria in plaque, leading to gum inflammation, swelling and bleeding.

When left untreated, Gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease, a more severe form of gum disease that can affect the supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal disease during pregnancy is a concern as it has been linked to preterm birth and low birth weight.

Pregnancy tumors, also known as pyogenic granulomas, can develop on the gums during the second trimester. Though painless and benign, they can cause discomfort. Pregnant women may be more prone to cavities due to changes in eating habits. Morning sickness increases the amount of acid in the mouth, and may lead to the potential neglect of oral hygiene routines. Frequent vomiting associated with morning sickness can also lead to tooth enamel erosion, as stomach acid wears away the protective surface of the teeth.

How Can You Take Care of My Teeth During Pregnancy?

Keep on with regular dental appointments to monitor any oral health changes. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using an anti-microbial mouthwash can help prevent dental problems. It is also important to eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins A, C, and D, as well as calcium and phosphorous, which will hold up oral health and overall well-being. Make sure to limit sugary snacks and drinks. Rinse your mouth with water or fluoride mouthwash after vomiting, on account of morning sickness. This can help neutralize stomach acid. If dental work is necessary, discuss all medications and treatments with your gynecologist and dentist to ensure safety.

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Taking care of your oral health is vital to your pregnancy care routine. Understanding the changes your body goes through and how they affect your teeth and gums can help you maintain your health and prepare for your new arrival. At MIDAC Calicut, we are committed to providing empathetic and expert dental care.

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