Whether you believe it or not, pregnancy can affect your oral health more than you might realize. There are many problems that can develop, like:
As you may already know, the hormonal changes you experience in pregnancy can make things a little crazy, and they can also alter your oral health. The hormones have a tendency of causing pregnancy gingivitis, which is a condition that inflames your gums and makes them sore. It can also cause your gums to bleed each time you brush and floss your teeth. If this disease is left untreated, it could advance to more dangerous forms of gum disease and your smile could be destroyed.
Pregnant women have an increased risk of tooth decay, mostly because of the consumption of carbohydrates and the frequent vomiting from morning sickness. It’s very important to keep up on oral hygiene so you can prevent tooth decay as much as possible.
Pregnancy tumors are often visible in the second trimester. They are red, raspberry-like sores that appear on the gums. They generally form because of excess plaque. These tumors are not cancerous and they should disappear after your baby is born.
So, in order to care for your smile and keep your oral health in tip-top shape, Dr. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer and our team at Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry suggest brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing your mouth daily, and visiting your dentist every six months. We care for you and your smile and we are here to help you in any way we can, so if you have any questions, please call 703.994.4626 now!