How Does Pregnancy Affect Your Teeth?

prregnantwomanbrushingherteethPregnancy changes many parts of your body, and your teeth are one area that can be affected. It’s a good idea to see your dentist during your pregnancy to ensure good oral health while you’re expecting.

Do Your Teeth Hurt in Early Pregnancy?

Pregnancy can cause hormonal changes, which can affect your teeth. Also, morning sickness causes acid to pass over your teeth. Due to these factors, tooth pain is one symptom you may experience when you are expecting.

Be sure to rinse out your mouth after a morning sickness episode. Wait 30 minutes and then brush your teeth. If your toothpaste doesn’t taste or smell good to you when you brush, switch to an unflavored toothpaste that you will be able to tolerate better.

Is a Toothache Common in Pregnancy?

Pregnant women typically eat more carbohydrates, and this can cause cavities and toothaches. Also, morning sickness can weaken tooth enamel, which can increase tooth decay and toothaches.

Can Your Teeth Feel Loose During Pregnancy?

Loose teeth can occur during pregnancy due to increased hormone levels that can affect the bones and ligaments that support your teeth. See your dentist if you feel loose teeth. Your dentist can determine if the condition is temporary due to hormonal changes or if it is due to gum disease.

Can a Pregnant Woman Remove Her Teeth?

A pregnant woman can have teeth removed using a local anesthetic.

Can a Pregnant Woman Get Her Teeth Cleaned?

Routine dental care, such as a teeth cleaning, can be performed during pregnancy.

How Can You Treat Pregnancy Gingivitis?

Gingivitis, a condition where your gums are swollen, sore, and more susceptible to bleeding, is common during pregnancy. If you've already had gingivitis before you became pregnant, it can get worse because of the changes in your estrogen and progesterone levels.

Usually, good oral hygiene habits can help alleviate gingivitis symptoms. If you have severe gingivitis, you may need to see your dentist for a professional cleaning.

Does Pregnancy Gingivitis Go Away After Giving Birth?

If gingivitis developed after you became pregnant, and you maintain good oral hygiene habits during your pregnancy, there is a good chance your gingivitis will go away after you give birth.

When to See a Dentist for Dental Issues During Pregnancy

See your dentist as soon as you notice any dental issues. Your oral health is related to your overall health and thus is connected to the health of your baby. Dental cleanings, getting cavities filled, and checking for gingivitis can help prevent or reduce any pregnancy-related symptoms.

How to Prevent Dental Issues During Pregnancy

To prevent dental issues, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene habits (brushing and flossing) while pregnant. Routine dental care can be performed at any time during pregnancy. Postpone any elective dental procedures until after delivery. Check with your obstetrician for any special precautions or instructions you should tell your dentist.

If you are pregnant and need dental care, make an appointment today or call our office at 860-667-2600. At Cedar Mountain Dental, our team is committed to providing high-quality care for all your dental needs.