You're expecting, and you know that means some pretty big changes to your body for the next nine months at least.
But you might be stunned about the way oral health and pregnancy are related. Expecting families have a lot on their minds, but that doesn't mean they can forgo the care of their teeth and gums.
Changes in hormone levels increase the risk of oral health issues, including gum disease and small round raised areas on the gums known as pregnancy tumors.
Here are three problems that can arise wrt oral health during pregnancy:
Without hormones, you wouldn't be able to make a baby. With them, though, you feel a bit moodier, your bladder seems a lot smaller, and for some reason you constantly crave weird meals like peanut butter and pickles. Hormones also play a part in making your gums swell while pregnant, leading to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.
Some women also develop what are alarmingly called "pregnancy tumors" due to hormonal changes while pregnant. Don't let the name scare you; pregnancy tumors are not malignant. Your dentist can remove them if they cause you discomfort, but in most cases, the tumors will vanish after your baby is born.
Morning Sickness and Your Teeth
Morning sickness is a part of pregnancy for many women. It also brings up concerns about oral health and pregnancy, as the acid from your stomach can be strong enough to contribute to tooth erosion.