How to deal with common dental problems during pregnancy
Pregnancy brings with it a lot of rewards and challenges. It also brings with it a lot of advice from family and friends—whether you’ve asked for it or not.
One common thing you may hear from the people you know is that pregnancy will cause your teeth to fall out. While pregnancy doesn’t directly cause tooth loss, people who are pregnant should pay special attention to their health, and that includes following a regular oral health routine and visiting a dentist.
At Panatella Dental, your family dentist in Calgary, we like to help our patients take control of their health through education. Here are a few common dental problems that you should beware of if you’re pregnant.
Enamel damage due to excessive vomiting
It’s an unfortunate truth that some pregnancies involve more vomiting than we would probably like. While this is not typically a severe problem, excessive vomiting can become harmful to your teeth. Stomach acids are very strong and vomiting too much can harm your enamel. Be sure to brush your teeth regularly if you are vomiting during a pregnancy and let your dentist know that it’s a concern.
Assuming you’ve had good oral health to begin with, there aren’t any studies that have proven a causal relation between pregnancy and tooth loss. That being said, pregnancy does affect the production of estrogen in women. Estrogen can, in some cases, affect women’s bones and therefore teeth. With proper diet and care, this shouldn’t affect anyone’s teeth. You should still be sure to tell your dentist if you are pregnant in case there are any potential complications you should know about when it comes to oral health.
Gingivitis, cavities and oral lesions
Gingivitis, cavities and oral lesions can happen to anyone, pregnant or otherwise. While there is little evidence of any direct causal relationship between pregnancy and any of these common oral health issues, some studies do indicate that people who do get them while pregnant get them more severely than people who aren’t pregnant. People who are pregnant should maintain a healthy diet that only includes sweet or starchy foods sparingly. Of course, people who are pregnant should also continue their regular brushing and flossing routines.
If you’re looking for a dentist in the Northern Hills or Calgary areas, contact us at Panatella Dental today. Our family dental centre is happy to help anyone in the Calgary area with any dental issues they may have from regular dental cleanings to emergency dental care to cosmetic dentistry options.