During pregnancy you will experience hormonal changes that may leave your mouth susceptible to plaque and bacteria, which can cause tender gums and put you at risk for cavities and gum disease. Things to look out for during pregnancy are:

  • Gum inflammation.Your gums may become tender and swollen and may also bleed during brushing or flossing. 
  • Plaque buildup.Because your body is working overtime to create a baby, it may be more difficult for your body to fight off bacteria as quickly as it used to. Be sure to brush and floss regularly to keep plaque from developing. 
  • Pregnancy tumors.Overgrown tissue that appears on the gums is commonly found during the second trimester. It occurs due to excess plaque and usually disappears shortly after birth with the help of routine dental checkups and daily oral hygiene. These tumors are non-cancerous. 

Your dental hygiene during pregnancy is very important because of the increase in plaque buildup. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste that has fluoride. If you experience bleeding gums, try switching to a soft bristle toothbrush. Floss once a day, preferably at night before bed, to rid any leftover food particles. If morning sickness is an issue, rinse your mouth with baking soda and water. This mixture keeps stomach acids from attacking your teeth and causing decay. Visit your dentist regularly and discuss any concerns you may have. Lastly, be sure to eat a diet that consists of calcium, vitamin c, and B12 to keep your gums healthy. 

If you are pregnant and have questions about dental care, please give our office a call at (772)286-1606.