Looking after your teeth during pregnancy

14th April 2016

Your mouth may not be the first thing you think of in terms of maintaining your health when pregnant, but it’s essential to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

Due to the increases in progesterone and oestrogen produced during pregnancy, you may notice that your gums are particularly sensitive or swollen and you may even experience more bleeding than usual. Switching to a softer toothbrush, being extra careful around the gum line and ensuring that you use a fluoride-based tooth paste will certainly help to reduce any soreness. It’s really important not to avoid the bleeding areas – bleeding is a sign that the gums need more attention so you still need to go for it.

If you experience morning sickness, it’s important to rinse your mouth with plain water after vomiting to stop the acid from the vomit attacking your teeth. You can follow up by rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash. Brushing straight after being sick can lead to wearing away of the enamel and more sensitivity.

You may find that you retch when you brushing your teeth, particularly when reaching back to your molars. If this is the case, try switching to a brush with a small head and slowing down the brushing action.

There are some dental treatments that we may sometimes try to avoid during pregnancy. These include the removal of amalgam (metal) fillings and although there is no increased risk, should you need an x-ray your dentist will probably wait until after you’ve had the baby.

We suggest that you arrange an appointment with your dentist or hygienist as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed, even if you’ve recently had a check-up.


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