Pregnancy and dental health
During pregnancy, your increased hormones can influence your body’s response to plaque. Your gums may bleed more easily when you brush and floss.
Protect your unborn baby’s teeth
It is important to have proper dental hygiene at home during and after pregnancy to:
- Stop gum disease that could lead to premature birth or a low birth weight baby
- Stop transfer of bacteria from you to your baby that are associated with tooth decay.
Without the bacteria, your child will be less likely to develop early childhood decay.
Morning sickness, vomiting and acid reflux
Pregnant women who experience morning sickness with vomiting and/or acid reflux are at high risk of tooth erosion where the enamel softens and becomes thinner over time.
To reduce the risk of tooth erosion and damage to your teeth you can:
- Rinse your mouth with water straight after vomiting
- Chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva flow which will help neutralise the acid in the mouth
- Wait at least 30minutes before brushing your teeth to avoid damaging softened enamel surface.
- Drink milk and eat more dairy products which helps in adding minerals back to the enamel.
If you suspect you may have gum disease during your pregnancy, make an appointment to see your dentist. Gum disease can be treated and managed if detected early.