Dental Tips Blog

Aug
2

Is It Normal for Gums to Hurt During Pregnancy?

You may be expecting right now, but you never expected to have such sensitive gums.

Sore gums are actually very common during pregnancy, usually setting in around the second trimester.

Why Gums Hurt During Pregnancy

There are a few reasons why gums may get sensitive when you’re expecting:

  • Increased levels of hormones
  • Blood vessels throughout the body are enlarged to promote circulation
  • Bouts of dry mouth
  • Snacking habits promote bacterial plaque growth

Why You Should Care for Your Gums During Pregnancy

Sensitive gums are at risk for disease because they overreact to plaque. Women who develop severe gum disease are then at risk for delivering premature or low birth-weight babies and developing preeclampsia.

Some bleeding and sensitivity in the gums may be normal during pregnancy. They will go back to normal after you deliver your baby. But that doesn’t mean you should brush this off as nothing to worry about. You still need to do your part to keep your gums healthy.

How to Take Care of Your Gum Health

If possible, have a dental health checkup before a planned pregnancy. It’s easier to take care of problems before you’re carrying baby. You may need an additional one or two gum health checks during the first couple trimesters.

Avoid extreme temperatures in food that may bother you. Switch to a very soft toothbrush and brush gently a few times throughout the day to reduce plaque. Get a little extra vitamin C to boost your gum health.

Call your dentist if you notice a lot of bleeding, strange growths, loose teeth, or toothaches in addition to sensitive gums. These can be signs of a cavity or gum disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206 Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

May
31

Pregnancy and Your Smile

If you are expecting, you have much to be concerned with. Your baby’s health is doubtless your priority. Don’t neglect the health of your smile, however. Pregnancy is a critical time in which your health needs special attention, and your dental health is no exception.

Oral Hygiene A Must!

Make the time for healthy eating habits, regular brushing and flossing, and the use of fluoride in rinses and toothpaste. Fluoride rinses will not affect your baby. Preventing cavities and gum disease through proper oral hygiene will avoid the need for dental treatment, and keep your body healthy enough to support your developing baby.

See Your Dental Hygienist Early in Your Pregnancy

See your hygienist as soon as possible for a gum-assessment. Gum disease can be harmful to your baby, so it is vital to prevent or treat it. You may notice that your gums are more sensitive during the first trimester. The hygienist will have recommendations for keeping your gums healthy.

Need Treatment?

The second trimester is ideal for having any necessary dental work completed. Your baby is going through critical development in the first trimester, and you may be too busy for dental work during the third trimester, or shortly after delivery!

Healthy Habits for Life

Maintaining healthy dental habits during and after pregnancy will help you stay healthy for a long time, and share with your new child the heritage of a healthy lifestyle.

And let’s face it – you don’t need any more health issues on top of those that accompany pregnancy! Being proactive in your dental health during pregnancy will go a long way in preventing bigger problems.

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

Feb
25

Dental Care For Pregnant Women

Congratulations on your pregnancy!  This is an exciting time for you and your family, and you have many things to juggle and think about during this time.  Your oral and dental health is no exception…make sure to take some time to see your dentist and to talk about ways to keep your mouth and teeth (and your baby!) healthy during this time.

If you are a high-risk pregnancy, contact your obstetrician and discuss whether or not you should have your routine dental cleaning and checkup. Always make sure you dentist knows you are pregnant when you go to visit so appropriate precautions can be taken.  Please know that for most women, dental visits are not only safe during pregnancy, but recommended.

When you are pregnant, be sure to do the following things:

  • Brush twice a day, with a toothpaste that contains fluoride and has been approved by the ADA.
  • Floss at least once a day, to help keep your gums healthy.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet. You are feeding two, but make sure you are eating meals and snacks that are appropriate and nutritious.
  • Some women during pregnancy notice that they develop more plaque or tartar on their teeth.  If this is happening to you, talk to your dentist about using a special mouth rinse designed to help eliminate plaque and microbes.

Congratulations on this exciting time in your life.  Do not forget to make your dentist and dental hygienist a part of your health care team as you plan for your new package to arrive in a few months!

Posted on the behalf of Executive Park Dentistry

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Feb
25

Pregnancy and Dental Health

If a new baby is in your future, or if you just found out you were pregnant, you have a lot to think about.  You may need to be adjusting your diet, taking extra vitamins, requiring extra sleep, all on top of planning a place for the baby to live, creating the nursery, getting all of the supplies, and thinking about what to do on the big day when baby finally arrives.  Just thinking about all of this may make you tired, and leaving you with a desire to lay down and take a nap.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for you and your family.  One thing that is often overlooked, though, is your mouth and dental health during pregnancy.  It is obvious that continuing to brush and floss are important, but there are other issues that may impact your teeth during this time that you should be aware of.

If you are pregnant, you may have noticed that your hormones are in overdrive!  These increased hormones are what help keep baby healthy and able to grow during her nine months with you, however, these additional hormones can may make some dental problems worse. Things like periodontal disease (gum disease) can actually get worse during pregnancy or show up for the first time during pregnancy because of the hormone level.

After you have seen your health care provider and confirmed your pregnancy, make an appointment to see your dentist.  Inform him or her that you are pregnant, and let him know if you have noticed any changes in your mouth. Your dentist may offer you some additional tips on how to keep your mouth healthy during this time, including additional tips on how to brush or floss.

If your mouth is healthy, the rest of your body is likely to be healthy.  During pregnancy, this also means you are more likely to have a healthy baby…so don’t forget your dentist during this time!

Posted on the behalf of Prime Dental Care

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Jul
25

Gingivitis and Pregnancy

Posted in Gum Disease

Gingivitis is an irritation of the gums caused by naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth.  This bacteria forms a sticky substance called plaque on the teeth and below the gum line.  The bacteria gives off toxins that can irritate the gums causing them to become red and swollen.  If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to gum disease (also called periodontitis) that can lead to tooth loss and other oral health concerns.

Due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, pregnant women are particularly susceptible to gingivitis.  In fact, more than half of all pregnant women will develop pregnancy gingivitis at some point during their pregnancy.  Signs of pregnancy gingivitis include red, swollen gums that bleed easily.  Women with gum disease prior to becoming pregnant tend to see their condition get worse during the pregnancy.

Gingivitis is usually very mild and is easily treated, but studies have linked gum disease to premature births.  According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, women with gum disease are four to seven times more like to give birth prematurely or to underweight babies.  It is very important to maintain good oral health habits during pregnancy.

Fortunately, prevention of gum disease and gingivitis is not difficult.  Follow good oral health habits such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily will go a long way toward the prevention of gum disease.  Using an anti-microbial mouthwash will also help prevent gum disease.  Finally, see your dentist regularly for teeth cleaning and dental checkups.  A professional cleaning will help prevent and even reverse gingivitis.

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