Pregnancy and Oral Health

May 5, 2023

Maintaining good oral health during pregnancy is essential for the health of both the mother and the developing baby. Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body undergoes many changes, and these changes can affect her oral health. It is important for expectant mothers to take extra care of their teeth and gums to ensure their own health and that of their developing baby.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can affect the health of a woman’s gums and teeth. The increased level of hormones like estrogen and progesterone can increase the risk of developing “pregnancy gingivitis”, which is a condition characterized as red swollen, and bleeding gums. Pregnant women are also at an increased risk of developing tooth decay due to increased acidity in the oral cavity from bouts of morning sickness and sugary cravings.

Good oral health during pregnancy is not only important for the mother, but also for the developing baby. Poor oral health can lead to an increased risk of preterm labor, low birth weight, and other complications. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease in pregnant women and an increased risk of preeclampsia, a serious condition that can affect both the mother and the baby.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect a woman’s oral health, making it important to practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly. It is recommended not to wait until pregnancy for dental care. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, be sure to talk to your dentist about any concerns you may have about dental care during pregnancy.

This article was published on 05-05-2023 in The Altamont Enterprise.