What to expect when you are expecting

Motherhood truly metamorphoses a woman’s life, not just emotionally but also physically. In those 9 months, you experience a surge of hormones that affects nearly all the parts of the body. Clearly, the mouth is no exception to this. During pregnancy, a variety of dental problems emerge which can be avoided if you are aware of them before hand. Let’s look at a few of the commonest dental problems arising during pregnancy

  • 1. Pregnancy Gingivitis

    Pregnancy Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. We may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent this.

  • 2. Pregnancy Tumor

    In some women, overgrowths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” appear on the gums, most often during the second trimester. It is not cancer but rather just swelling that happens most often between teeth. They may be related to excess plaque. They bleed easily and have a red, raw-looking raspberry-like appearance. They usually disappear after your baby is born, but if you are concerned, we will advise to remove it painlessly.

  • 3. Increased Risk of Tooth Decay

    Pregnant women may be more prone to cavities for a number of reasons. If you’re eating more carbohydrates than usual, this can cause decay. Morning sickness can increase the amount of acid your mouth is exposed to, which can eat away at the outer covering of your tooth (enamel).

  • 4. Dry mouth

    Pregnancy dry mouth can put women at a greater risk for problems such as tooth decay and infections. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and chew sugarless gum to enhance production of saliva.

  • Our team of compassionate doctors can help you understand the gravity of these problems. Even if you only think you might be pregnant, let us know. Also we need to know about the medications you are taking or if you have received any special advice from your physician. We consult with your physician to choose medications—such as pain relievers or antibiotics—you may safely take during the pregnancy. Although radiation from dental X-rays is extremely low, we will cover you with a leaded apron with thyroid collar that minimizes exposure. Our doctors are capable to handle every dental need during pregnancy, making sure it’s a pleasurable experience for you.

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