Most expecting mothers will go through body changes during pregnancy, but many do not expect changes in their level of oral health. However, many new mothers notice wear and tear on their teeth, enamel erosion, discoloration, and other issues following pregnancy. The team at Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry wants you to know that there are solutions to post-pregnancy oral health issues and that they are completely normal! Here are a few things associated with pregnancy that can cause changes in your oral health:
Morning sickness can also affect your teeth because the acidity from vomit can erode your enamel. Extra acidity in your mouth also makes for an environment where harmful bacteria can thrive, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Though it may seem counterintuitive, avoid brushing your teeth right away after morning sickness and simply rinse with water. This will keep your enamel strong and cause less wear and tear to your teeth during your pregnancy.
Changes in Diet
As an expecting mother, you are eating for two and pregnancy can also influence the types of food that you eat. No matter what, the foods we consume will always influence our oral health for better or worse. Unusual food cravings and eating schedules can affect your teeth, so it’s important to schedule at least one dental checkup during pregnancy to ensure that your mouth is a healthy environment for your teeth and gums.
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) affects nearly half of American adults. Pregnancy gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease) is also common in expecting mothers and is caused by the hormonal changes which increase the blood flow to the gum tissue and cause your gums to be more sensitive, irritable, and swollen. These hormonal changes can also hinder your body's normal response to bacteria, which can lead to periodontal disease.
Dental Solutions for New Mothers
As a mother herself and a pediatric dentist, Dr. Julie is able to offer advice for your oral care and treat your children to ensure that your whole family develops healthy hygiene habits. During every pediatric appointment, Dr. Julie will answer any questions you may have about your child’s health, provide personalized treatment plans, and work with you to encourage proper at-home care. Call today to schedule your next visit!