HOW CAN PREGNANCY AFFECT ORAL HEALTH?
I am pregnant, can this affect my teeth?
Just like the rest of your body, your mouth undergoes changes throughout pregnancy. Most effects seen in your mouth are due to the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. These can include bleeding gums as a reaction to plaque, or damage to the enamel of your teeth (called enamel erosion) from reflux or vomiting, or reduced saliva and a dry mouth as well as change in your diet or sugar cravings, which can increase your risk of developing tooth decay.
Research has shown that the health of mum’s mouth before, during and after pregnancy has a direct effect on their child’s risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay in the future, and even that active gum disease in an expecting mother may lead to premature, underweight births.
A visit to your dentist before, during and after pregnancy will help you protect your teeth and gums, and your dentist can give recommendations to help keep your mouth healthy.