What happens and how to treat them right
Pregnancy affects your teeth in a number of ways, from the hormonal changes in the body to the changes in lifestyle that pregnancy brings with it. But there’s nothing to worry about once you know the processes and are equipped to handle them. In this article we’ll walk you through the main changes to your dental state during pregnancy, and what actions you can take now to ensure your teeth stay safe.
In brief: what’s going on and how to deal with it.
There are three main things that impact in your dental status during pregnancy:
- Hormonal changes can contribute to an increased build-up of biofilm. If this is left unaddressed, it can lead to dental plaque and tooth decay.
- Food cravings can lead to chemical offsets in your mouth, especially if you start drinking sugary drinks or drinks rich in acids, like juices or sodas. These offsets can make your enamel more vulnerable to bacteria and mechanical damage.
- Morning sickness severely affects the chemical balance in your mouth, but cleaning your teeth straight away can be even more harmful.
If addressed early on, all these effects can be reversed. All you need to do is adopt a strict regimen of oral care. This should also be the case outside pregnancy, but during pregnancy it is absolutely crucial to follow the proper brushing rituals. Read more to learn about the common oral health issues during pregnancy and the proper ways to handle them.