Oral Health during Pregnancy
by Dr. Harmanpreet Kaur
| July 26, 2017
The oral health is very important in part of everyone life but it is more emphasized when you are pregnant. Majority of pregnant women have oral health problem including bleeding in gums and tooth ache. In order to avoid risk to both the child and mother, it is important to see your dentist. Following are the most common oral conditions during pregnancy.
- Bleeding. During pregnancy, your gums become sore. The gums are tender and start bleeding. Dr Harmanpreet Kaur from Dental Designer, North Plainfield NJ suggests you make a dental appointment with your dentist immediately without being afraid of dental treatment. Treatment of gingivitis by a dentist is considered safe. Your dentist will guide you about how to safely maintain oral hygiene by teaching you special brushing techniques.
- Bad Breath. Pregnant women may experience increased dryness in the mouth due to various reasons. It could be a side effect of the medications you are taking during pregnancy. A dry mouth leads to not only bad breath but also increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Hormonal changes during pregnancy will increase your chances of dry mouth. Dr. Harmanpreet Kaur advises her patients to treat the dry mouth condition using prescription mouthwash and saliva boosters.
- Tooth Erosion. Morning sickness during pregnancy can lead to extreme vomiting. Higher acids in the vomit are the biggest reason for the erosion of tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting makes the tooth erosion only worse. Rinsing your mouth with water will help reduced acidity and prevent dental erosion.
Don’t be afraid of dental check-up during pregnancy. Make dentist your friend for a healthy child. Managing your oral health is your responsibility and Dr. Kaur recommends you visit your dentist at least twice during pregnancy.
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