Dental Care While Pregnant
The first trimester is often filled with a host of different physical symptoms, and you might not notice a difference in your dental health during the first trimester. However, make sure to keep up your oral hygiene routine of daily flossing, brushing, and rinsing. Often gums can swell, which can lead to gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease at any time during the pregnancy. Dry mouth is often also experienced, especially at night, as a result of the increase in hormones.
Don’t skip professional cleanings during your pregnancy, as they’re essential to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Schedule an appointment during your second trimester, and disclose any medications or prenatal vitamins that you are taking to your dentist.
If you experience morning sickness, be sure rinse out your mouth immediately after being sick. Many women complain that the toothpaste causes them to feel nauseous. If this is the case, your dentist can recommend a bland-tasting alternative.
When brushing, pay careful attention to your gum line. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily – also known as pregnancy gingivitis. If you notice any tenderness, bleeding, or gum swelling at any time, talk with your dentist as soon as possible.