Have you noticed that your gums have become more tender and inflamed during pregnancy or even bleed while you brush or floss? You’re not alone! Pregnancy gingivitis is thought to affect anywhere from 60-75% of pregnant women. If you’ve wondered, how can I keep my gums healthy during pregnancy? here are a few tips to help you maintain your oral health until the arrival of your sweet babe.
- Pregnancy Gingivitis
- Keep Up Daily Dental Care Basics
- Stick to Healthy Foods and Snacks
- Schedule Regular Check-ups
Pregnancy offers some fun perks, like stronger, healthier hair and nails. Unfortunately, it also makes you more likely to see pink on your toothbrush. That’s because during pregnancy, the levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body are elevated. This increase in hormones causes more blood to flow to your gums, making them more sensitive and reactive.
Keep Up Daily Dental Care Basics
If pregnancy is making you feel run down or sick to your stomach, it can be tempting to skip your daily dental care and simply fall into bed at night. But resist that urge! Maintaining proper oral hygiene is essential to avoiding gum disease and cavities, and even more serious pregnancy complications.
Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Floss at least once a day.
To help combat extra plaque, your dentist may recommend a special antimicrobial mouth rinse to use at night. And if you are experiencing frequent morning sickness, you can rinse your mouth afterwards with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water. This will help protect your teeth from erosion due to the presence of stomach acid.
Enjoy Healthy Foods and Snacks
This is a toughie. If your stomach is constantly upset from pregnancy, it can be pretty difficult to follow a perfectly balanced diet. Making daily trips to the Babcock Hall Dairy Store for their amazing ice cream might be the only thing that sounds appetizing! But as best as you’re able to, try to choose foods that will be easy on your teeth, such as raw veggies, cheese, whole grains, and protein.
For further reading: The Best Snacks for Your Smile
Avoiding sugary foods and beverages will also help keep your smile strong. When possible, limit snacking, as the presence of food in the mouth causes bacteria to increase, which can lead to gingivitis, plaque, and cavities.
Schedule Regular Check-ups
As you schedule your routine ob check-ups, remember to also schedule your dental cleanings and exams. Try to visit your dentist every six months. At these appointments, the hygienist will be able to remove any hard-to-reach plaque that’s developed. Your dentist will be able to monitor your oral health and offer suggestions for any extra care that might be needed.
Affiliated Dentists in Madison, Wisconsin
If you are pregnant and have concerns about your teeth or gums, please contact us today. Affiliated Dentists offers general dentistry and periodontal maintenance in Madison, Wisconsin.
How Can I Keep My Gums Healthy During Pregnancy? brought to you by Dr. Mark Gustavson