Oral Health Link to Whole Body Health: A Blog

Oral Health Link to Whole Body Health: A Blog

Mummy Mouth: Dental Health and Pregnancy

Duane Kelly

If you are pregnant, the last thing on your mind might be your dental health However, pregnancy will affect your entire body and can trigger changes in your oral health. Below are some things to look out for and consider if you are pregnant.

Gingivitis

During pregnancy, increases in the hormone progesterone can encourage bacteria to grow, which can lead to gingivitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease which causes swollen and bleeding gums. You can combat gingivitis by paying attention to your oral health by brushing carefully twice a day. This should help to minimise the impact of gingivitis. The symptoms of the gingivitis should reduce in severity once your baby is born.

Enamel Erosion

If you are frequently vomiting due to morning sickness, this may cause the enamel on your teeth to erode. Once you have vomited, you should avoid brushing your teeth immediately. Vomit is highly acidic and can soften the enamel on your teeth, which means that even brushing could cause damage. To prevent damage to your teeth, you should wash your mouth out with water and brush your teeth a short while later. This additional brushing should not take the place of your normal twice a day brushing routine.

Dry mouth

During pregnancy, you may experience dry mouth. If you do, you should ensure that you drink plenty of water. This will help to keep your body hydrated while also washing away any bacteria which are starting to grow in your mouth, which would normally be washed away by saliva in your mouth.

Cravings

During pregnancy, it is normal to experience an increased appetite and cravings for certain foods. You should try to snack on foods which are both nutritious and low in sugar. You should also be aware that your baby begins to develop its own teeth between the third and sixth months of pregnancy. To aid the development of your child's teeth while protecting your own, you should eat foods which contain protein, phosphorous and calcium and vitamins A, C and D.

It is very important that you continue to maintain good oral health during the duration of your pregnancy by brushing thoroughly twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash. You should also continue to visit your dentist office for checkups and treatment. If you have any concerns about your dental health during pregnancy you should book an appointment with a dental professional as soon as possible. 


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Oral Health Link to Whole Body Health: A Blog

You may have heard that cavities and oral decay are linked to things like heart disease, and, in fact, your oral health affects your entire body. Hi! My name is Brenda, and I like to look at things holistically. Because of that, I created this blog. I plan for its posts to look at the link between dental issues and other health issues. I hope that the people who visit this blog learn a few tips about oral care as well as gaining a deeper understanding of why it's so important. Healthy smiles indicate a healthy body, and I hope this blog helps you achieve both!