Pregnancy Woes: 3 Things to Know About Your Mouth
- Posted on: Sep 15 2017
The problem with pregnancy is that it’s both a joyous time in your life and a difficult one— especially if you are experiencing a lot of morning sickness, fatigue, and Braxton Hicks. As a part of pregnancy that most new mothers aren’t aware of, your mouth can also be impacted. To help you better understand what you can expect from your mouth during pregnancy, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.
You Can Still Get a Dental Cleaning
One of the most common myths circulating the internet about pregnancy is that you can’t get your teeth cleaned while you’re pregnant because you have too much blood flow in your mouth. Although your mouth may bleed more often when you’re pregnant, you should still get your teeth cleaned every six months as a precaution.
Watch Your Dental Enamel
If you are suffering from severe morning sickness, then you should keep a close eye on your dental enamel. Your stomach acid is a harsh agent that can erode away at your dental enamel— leaving you with thinner teeth in the process. Make sure that you brush your teeth after every bout of morning sickness— this will help keep your teeth stronger in the process.
Your Mouth Will Bleed More
If you notice that your mouth is bleeding every time your brush or floss your teeth, this is a fairly normal part of pregnancy. With an increased amount of hormones, you are more likely to bleed and have sensitive gums which can lead to temporary gingivitis. Luckily, just like with most pregnancy problems, this should subside after your pregnancy is over.
If you are pregnant, it’s good to know what you can expect from every part of your body— including your oral health. To learn more about your oral health and how we can help, contact Dr. Paul Peterson today to schedule an appointment.
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