Oral Health Concerns During Pregnancy
Pregnancy, and all its associated bodily changes, can result in a number of oral health effects, all of which can be managed with the help of your dentist. According to the ADA, these may include:
- Gingivitis, or swollen and bleeding gums aggravated by inadequate home care and hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Tooth erosion related to an increase in the acidity of saliva caused by morning sickness
- Cavities due to cravings for sugary foods
- Pyogenic granulomas, which are round growths on the gums due to hormonal changes
Talk to your dentist about your treatment options if you suspect that you may be experiencing any of these conditions. If you need more extensive dental work while pregnant, the American Pregnancy Association recommends having treatment during the second trimester. This is because, by the time you reach the third trimester, it may be difficult for you to lie on your back for an extended period of time.