Pregnancy & Your Smile

Posted on March 27th, 2023

New Iberia dentists, Dr. Charpentier and Dr. Groth at Charpentier Family Dentistry discuss several ways that pregnancy can affect your oral health.Before we begin talking about the changes pregnancy can cause in your mouth, we want you to know your smile is entirely unique and will remain so during your pregnancy, and your New Iberia dental team at Charpentier Family Dentistry does not want you to be alarmed. We’re here to answer questions and address concerns as you need, and wish you a smooth, happy pregnancy! 

Pregnancy and becoming a parent changes everything, so it’s not surprising you might experience oral health changes while you carry a bun in the oven. Speaking of buns in ovens, you’re probably more sensitive to smells and tastes, right? Your gums and teeth are more sensitive due to hormonal fluctuations, too.

Along with sensitivity, you may experience swelling during pregnancy; the swelling might be localized to your ankles, which is common, or it could include your gums. Swelling of the gums may indicate pregnancy gingivitis (gum disease), so if you notice this symptom, you should definitely schedule a visit with Charpentier Family Dentistry for their care recommendations. Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight, so it’s very important not to shrug off symptoms. 

If you happen to experience morning sickness frequently, you’re also at a higher risk of developing cavities. Although you may want to brush directly after a bout of vomiting, that can actually increase the demineralization of your enamel—we recommend swishing and spitting water and waiting about 20 minutes.

For more advice and support during this special time, please schedule an appointment with Charpentier Family Dentistry and get the gentle care you deserve.

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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