Teeth

Keeping your teeth clean is so important and even more so during pregnancy.

Pregnancy can affect your gums and saliva production which can cause the following:

  • Increased build up of plaque
  • wobbly, loose teeth
  • inflamed gums or gum disease – see gums for more information.
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Why does it happen?
  • Pregnancy hormones change saliva production, reducing the acidity of saliva which normally attacks plaque build up and bacteria. Which means you could have a lot more bacteria in your mouth during pregnancy.
  • The increased level of blood in a pregnant body (up to 50% increased blood volume) causes the gums to soften which leads to teeth slightly loosening or wobbling.

Recommendations

    • Brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day.
    • Visit the dentist to get your oral hygiene checked – be sure to inform your dentist that you are pregnant.
    • Make flossing between your teeth into a daily routine.
    • Carry toothpicks in your handbag – very useful for soft gums. Getting food stuck between your teeth can be very irritating.

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