Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to inflammation and bleeding. This is also called pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease. Studies show that pregnancy gum disease can contribute to an increased risk of premature labour and low birth weight babies.
It’s very important to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible while you’re pregnant. The best way to prevent or deal with gum problems is to practise good oral hygiene.
Here’s how you can look after your teeth and gums:
- Clean your teeth carefully twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste – ask your hygienist to show you a good brushing method to remove all the plaque.
- Brushing is best with a small-headed toothbrush – ideally an electric toothbrush. Clean in between your teeth daily.
- Avoid having sugary drinks and sugary foods too often – try to keep them to meal times.
- If you’re hungry between meals, snack on vegetables and avoid sugary or acidic foods.
- Stop smoking, as it can make gum disease worse.
- If you have morning sickness (nausea and vomiting), rinse your mouth with plain water after each time you vomit. This will help prevent the acid attacking your teeth.
- Do not brush your teeth straight away as they will be softened by the acid from your stomach.
At Aspects Dental we have team ready to assist you in the prevention of gum disease. We strongly believe that healthy gums lead to good general health and well-being and lots of smiles.