Brushing and Flossing for Two!

Pregnancy is an exciting and hectic time for women. There are many aspects of your overall health to be concerned with and oral health should be near the top of the list. 

Pregnancy can affect your mouth in several different ways. 

Pregnancy gingivitis is one of the most common oral health concerns during pregnancy. Gingivitis presents as inflammation, bleeding, and redness of the gums when dental plaque builds up on the teeth and begin to irritate the gums. The increased hormonal changes exaggerate the gums response to the irritants in plaque causing gingivitis. Maintaining proper brushing and flossing will greatly improve gingival health. 

Along with gingivitis, many women may experience small growths on their gums, also known as a "pregnancy tumors." They vary in size and color and may bleed excessively. Do not be alarmed these small growths usually disappear once the baby is born.

Pregnant women may also be more prone to cavities for numerous reasons. Many women are afflicted by morning sickness and experience softening of the enamel due to the increase acids in your mouth. It is often seen that women tend to snack more throughout the day, which creates an acidic environment in your mouth making it easier to develop cavities. So, whether it is due to the increased acids in your mouth due to morning sickness or an increase in frequent snacking we should maintain good oral hygiene to help prevent any dental decay. 

Your teeth and gums need a little extra attention during pregnancy so it's important to maintain a healthy diet, regular brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits to help prevent the common problems that accompany pregnancy. 

Please call your dental health providers at Pearl Dental NYC if you have any questions! 





Sources:ada.org

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