Oral Health Tips to Avoid Pregnancy Gingivitis

September 21, 2018

pregnant women and manWhat is “momnesia” exactly? Don’t worry, it is not a true medical term, however many people refer to this fuzzy feeling in their brain during pregnancy. Bouts of forgetfulness happen to all of us but keeping your teeth a priority during pregnancy is crucial!

We are all aware that our body goes through changes during pregnancy, including increases in progesterone. This important hormone increases the capacity of your internal organs so your baby can grow. However, it can also make you susceptible to gingivitis, tooth decay, and loose teeth. In order to combat these issues, we encourage pregnant patients to practice good oral hygiene and look for any indicators of early pregnancy gingivitis.

Signs That You Have Pregnancy Gingivitis

If you experience any pain or blood while flossing and brushing, you should consult with your dentist. Other common symptoms include:

  • receding gums
  • swollen gums
  • red gums
  • tender, puffy gums
  • bleeding gums
  • bad breath

toothache during pregnancyDuring the third trimester of pregnancy, gingivitis can peak; keeping up with oral cleaning during your first and second trimester is recommended. Allowing your dentist to monitor your teeth and remove any accumulating plaque can save your mouth from gingivitis. Alternatively, if x-rays are recommended, don’t worry; it is safe for pregnant women to undergo x-rays at the dentist. Let’s discuss other tips for keeping your mouth in shape during these 9 months.

4 Tips for Keeping Smiles Healthy During Pregnancy

Try Gargling with Sea Salt. If your gums are feeling sore and inflamed, gargling with sea salt in some warm water will offer relief. Use 1 teaspoon for every cup of water, gargle for 30 seconds, spit out, and rinse!

Eat a Healthy Diet. It is more important than ever during this time to remain health-conscious. Providing your body and your growing baby with ample amounts of calcium, vitamin A, D, and C are recommended. Make sure to eat a variety of:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole Grains
  • Dairy Products

Practice Good Oral Hygiene. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush. Although flossing can be a chore, it is an important step to ensure you are removing any plaque buildup between your teeth. Gingivitis attacks your gums, which is why cleaning your gum line is imperative.

Visit Your Dentist. In order to make sure your mouth is in tip-top shape, schedule a dental visit so that a professional can clean your teeth and monitor your gums.

We recommend you speak openly with your dentist regarding your pregnancy, even if you are still early into your first trimester! Your dentist will be able to confidentially consult with you about your needs during this special time.