How Does Being Pregnant Affect Your Teeth?

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Did you know that pregnancy can impact your tooth’s health? With your hormone levels fluctuating, your dietary habits might also change. These two changes combined could play a big role in dental health issues developing in your mouth. Today, we would like to focus on those who may be suffering from tooth sensitivity, cavities and dry mouth.

If one of your teeth twangs after eating certain kinds of food, you might want to avoid those foods all together. Some people call these kinds of foods “trigger foods” and in most cases, these foods should stop being triggers after some time you give birth. Similarly, if your sensitivity is temperature related, it should also resolve soon after.

Most women experience cravings during their pregnancy, but you may consider limiting your sweet snacks. The bacteria naturally found in your mouth feeds on sugar and converts it into acid. Given enough time, these acids could eat through the tooth’s enamel and a cavity will have formed. If the craving proves too strong to resist, you can rinse out your mouth well with water and brush your teeth afterwards.

During their pregnancy, some women could experience dry mouth, which can increase their risk for tooth decay and infections. If you have a dry mouth, you might try drinking more fluids and also chewing on sugarless gum or sugar-free candy to promote saliva production. Saliva helps to naturally purge the mouth of food particles. If your supply of saliva is reduced, the food particles could remain in your mouth, feed the bacteria and allow cavities to form.

If you would like more information on how pregnancy can affect your dental health, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Healy, please contact us at 805-928-3928. We would be thrilled to help you keep your smile healthy in our Santa Maria, California, office.