Dental health during pregnancy isn't a glamorous topic, but it's an important one. Misconceptions and misinformation about dental health during pregnancy are common and often these issues aren't discussed at prenatal appointments. Common dental health problems during pregnancy include the following
Tooth decay : During pregnancy, in creased acidity in the mouth increases the risk of tooth decay. Vonuting during pregnancy can aggravate the problem by exposing the teeth to more gastric acid.
Loose teeth : Increased levels of progesterone and estrogen can affect the ligaments and bones that support the teeth, causing teeth to loosen during pregnancy.
Gum disease : The hormonal changes of pregnancy can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the superficial gum tissue. Severe gum disease left untreated may be associated with preterm birth and low birth weight.
So how do you keep your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy? Stick to the basics. Brush and floss your teeth regularly. Rinse regularly with a fluoride mouthwash. If you have morning sickness, rinse your mouth with a solution of baking soda and water after vomiting. Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup of water.