Dental Problems during Pregnancy
While pregnancy is frequently seen as a time of great joy, it can also be a time of many changes that can negatively affect the body, even when it comes to oral health. It is important to take care of your teeth and gums during pregnancy, not only because the health of the mouth can affect the entire body, but also because changes during pregnancy can have negative effects on your teeth and gums.
Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can increase the acidity in the mouth. This acidity increases if you experience morning sickness that results in vomiting. Be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward to reduce acid levels in the mouth.
Changes in hormones may also cause swelling and bleeding from the gums and may result in an increased risk of gingivitis. Brush teeth twice each day and floss daily to reduce your risks for tooth decay and gum disease. Gum disease can lead to harmful bacteria reaching the blood stream. Once in the blood, harmful bacteria can affect the body and may result in illness or disease. The growing baby can also be affected, with low birth weight and premature birth being two of the most common effects.
It is important to keep up with regular dental visits during pregnancy. Our dentist in North Hollywood can help detect any potential problems early to help you keep your oral health in tip top shape during your pregnancy and beyond.
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