A lot of things happen in a woman's body while she is pregnant. Some experience hormonal changes; how nutrients are metabolized can also be affected. And these are just some of the things linked to the development of a child.
One of the body parts affected by pregnancy is the teeth. How exactly? Let's find out!
There are several ways in which pregnancy can affect your oral health. Here's what you need to know:
The hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy can cause gums to be more vulnerable to plaque. This can lead to gum inflammation and/or bleeding. This is called pregnancy gingivitis and it’s caused by hormonal changes. Visiting a dentist will help keep this condition under control without any further damage to your oral health.
Another way pregnancy can affect your oral health is because of morning sickness or sickness in general. The acid in vomit is corrosive and being sick regularly will start affecting the outer layer of your teeth.
Teeth are also more prone to decay and cavities because of the acid from morning sickness. As the enamel can be stripped away by this acid, teeth, and gums are less resistant to bacteria. And, it's not just the acid that comes with morning sickness. The acid levels in the body increase during pregnancy too.
Pregnancy hormones can also make your teeth feel loose. It's paramount to visit a dentist to determine the cause and treat it accordingly.
Teeth sensitivity can also be experienced during pregnancy. Hot and cold are felt more intensely which can cause discomfort while eating and drinking. During this time it is also important to visit a dentist and be aware of the food and beverages you consume, as well as use a soft toothbrush.
Periodontal disease is a consequence of having an untreated tooth, gum, and bone issues. Pregnancy gingivitis, if not treated, can lead to periodontitis.
Your oral health can be affected in various ways during pregnancy, but with care and a laser-sharp focus on oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, you can reduce, prevent and cure the dental issue that may occur due to hormonal changes.
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