Looking after your teeth during pregnancy

During pregnancy, hormones can wreak havoc on your body. Not to mention, pregnancy hormones dramatically affect your gums and teeth. For some women, pregnancy can lead to dental problems. Read on to learn how to take care of your teeth during your pregnancy. 

Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy 

Looking after your teeth and gums during pregnancy is important. There are a few things you can do to maintain your oral care before, during and after pregnancy: 

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste  
  • Floss once a day 
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit food and drink high in sugar
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol 
  • Visit your dentist after your first trimester 

Gum issues during pregnancy
Pregnancy hormones may cause various gum issues, including: 

Gingivitis – An infection of the gums, gingivitis often occurs in the second trimester. The symptoms to watch for are swelling or bleeding gums
Periodontal disease – caused by untreated gingivitis, periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, bones and ligaments in the mouth.
Pregnancy epulis – A red and round growth that bleeds easily, pregnancy epulis can also be called pyogenic granuloma.  

No matter what, it’s important to note if your gums bleed, don’t stop brushing your teeth! Try using a softer bristled brush. Make sure you are using fluoride toothpaste and brushing properly 

Dental treatments during pregnancy 

If you end up with gum problems during pregnancy, you should get them checked out before you give birth. Often most pregnancy-related gum problems resolve after birth. However, sometimes the gum disease develops even worse and needs treatment.  

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, dental treatments can safely be provided anytime during pregnancy. Just make sure you inform your dentist of your pregnancy no matter how far along you are. Pregnancy dental care is a bit different than regular dental care, and we at Tindale Dental want to ensure you and your baby are safe.  

Pregnancy dental care for Penrith residents 

If you are trying to get pregnant, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist to get any dental treatments done beforehand. And thankfully, if you end up needing treatments during pregnancy, often they can be performed safely as long as your dentist is aware you are pregnant.  

If you have questions or concerns about pregnancy dental care, contact Tindale Dental Centre. Located in Penrith, our gentle dentists provide pregnancy dental care for anyone in Glenmore Park, Jamisontown, Kingswood, Caddens and beyond.