In today’s Felton Dental Care – Dr. Brett R. Felton, DMD blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. Expectant mothers should realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body there are potential dental health issues that may arise.
Many women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.
Most people have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy the hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.
We recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.
Planning on becoming pregnant? We recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. Please call and schedule an appointment with us if you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy, . Untreated dental disease can affect your overall health.
At Felton Dental Care – Dr. Brett R. Felton, DMD we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients, we provide quality preventative care, restorative dentistry, as well as periodontal treatment for families living in Missoula and Lolo. Call for an appointment today.