In today’s Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry blog, we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. We’re Drs. David Thompson and Vicki Frey, and we want expectant mothers to realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Potential dental health issues may arise due to the changes happening in a pregnant woman’s body..
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.
During pregnancy, hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.
Our staff recommends 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.
If you are planning to become pregnant, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. It is a good idea to get these procedures done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy, please call and schedule an appointment at 270-683-0620. Untreated dental disease affects your overall health.
At Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients, we provide quality preventative care and sedation dentistry for the entire family. Our patients can expect professional Six Month Smiles, cosmetic dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.