A lot of women ignore their teeth while pregnant as other parts of their body get all the attention. However, the consequences of this have been dire as these women have suffered from various diseases that were harmful to them and their growing baby. It is difficult to imagine that poor dental care during pregnancy can actually lead to tumors in the gums or even pre-term labor. Therefore, pregnant women should consider their overall dental health in order to ensure that they enjoy a stress-free nine months.
Pregnancy is usually associated with a lot of hormones, most of which are responsible for poor oral health. Hormones usually lead to the increased production of mucous through the body, including the mouth. This may cause the gums to become red and tender or even to swell. As a result, a lot of women experience bleeding gums during pregnancy. It is therefore advisable for women to use mild toothbrushes while brushing and not to be too aggressive as this could aggravate the situation.
A lot of women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. This usually leads to an increase in the acid levels in the mouth. The situation is aggravated by the fact that pregnant women are usually more prone to dehydration meaning that they will have less saliva. Saliva helps a lot in balancing the pH levels in the mouth. Women who vomit a lot during pregnancy should ensure that they rinse their mouth thoroughly afterwards in order to get rid of any acid that may have been left in the mouth.
Increased acidity in the mouth may cause women to have more cavities. Also, constant vomiting means that a lot of bacteria from the stomach are deposited in the mouth and between the teeth. This also leads to cavities and increased … Read the rest