Did you know that your pregnancy could potentially affect your oral health? Well, it’s true! Because of the many ways your body is changing and because of the things that happen each day, your smile is prone to many dental issues, including:
Because of the hormones produced during pregnancy, there is a high chance that you could become a victim of pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is a condition that makes your gums swell and frequently bleed. If this issue is left untreated, it can lead to more serious forms of the disease.
Tooth decay is highly likely when you are pregnant for a number of reasons. First, if you are eating more carbohydrates than usual, your teeth are susceptible to decay. If you have severe morning sickness that makes you vomit frequently, your smile is also vulnerable to decay because of the stomach acid that is constantly in your mouth.
Pregnancy tumors are often visible in the second trimester. They are red, raspberry-like sores that appear on the gums. They generally form because of excess plaque. These tumors are not cancerous and they should disappear after your baby is born.
To help you prevent these three issues, we recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your smile once a day, and rinsing your mouth daily with mouthwash. We also strongly recommend visiting your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup. If you’re about due for your six month appointment, please call Ravago Dental today at 505.292.6414 and schedule an appointment. Please remember to mention your pregnancy when you come into our office!