So much about your body changes when you’re pregnant and, believe it or not, tooth health is no exception! Many pregnant women experience changes to their dental health over the course of their pregnancy. Michael McKeel, DMD and the staff at McKeel Family Dentistry are eager to help guide Gresham patients through proper dental health routines at every stage of their lives. Here are some questions that pregnant women commonly have regarding their dental health.
Do I Need to Change My Daily Habits?
Are you already in the habit of brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth once a day? If so, great! If not, there’s no better time to start, as poor habits during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. When you visit Michael McKeel, DMD talk about your routine and ask if you should make any changes.
Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
As many as half of all women develop pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that is most common between the second and eighth months of pregnancy. It usually goes away after childbirth. Hormones make your gums more easily irritated by plaque and can cause gums to be red, tender, sore and bleed. Brush twice a day for two minutes, clean between your teeth once a day, and talk to your dentist about other steps you can take to keep your gums healthy. Remember, Michael McKeel, DMD and the staff at McKeel Family Dentistry are here to advise you on how to stay healthy.
Do You Lose A Tooth With Each Baby?
No, you should not lose a tooth during pregnancy. This is an old wives’ tale. If you do lose a tooth it is most likely due to a pre-existing dental problem. You may, however, feel like your teeth are a bit loose. This is due to the fact that progesterone and estrogen can loosen the ligaments and bones that keep your teeth in place, even if you don’t have gum disease. Many times this goes away after pregnancy, but talk to your dentist if you feel like your teeth are moving when they shouldn’t.
How Should I Clean My Mouth After Morning Sickness?
Vomit contains stomach acids that can eat away at your teeth. Michael McKeel, DMD recommends waiting to brush after you’ve rinsed your mouth because this can help prevent those acids from doing damage. Instead of brushing, first swish and spit. You can use water, a diluted mouth rinse, or a mixture of 1 cup of water and 1 tsp. of baking soda. Spit it out, and brush your teeth about 30 minutes later.
Is It Safe To See the Dentist During Pregnancy?
Yes! Your visits to your dentist can help keep things like pregnancy gingivitis under control, so don’t hesitate to come in to see Michael McKeel, DMD, when you need to. If your last visit to the dentist was more than 6 months ago or if you notice any changes in your mouth, schedule an appointment. Always let your dental office know how far along you are when you call and tell your dentist of any change in the medications you take or if you have received any special advice from your physician.
What Should I Do If Brushing Makes Me Gag?
Slow down, and find something that helps you get through the teeth brushing process. You could change the flavor of your toothpaste, find a toothbrush with a smaller head, or even try rinsing your mouth first. The important thing is to keep up your routine because you’re slightly more at risk for cavities, thanks to acid on your teeth from morning sickness, possible diet changes, and feeling too tired to brush.
Rely On McKeel Family Dentistry For Help With Dental Care During Pregnancy
Making regular visits to your dentist is the key to maintaining good dental health. Dr. Michael McKeel, DMD., has almost 50 years of experience providing oral health services to the Gresham community and specializes in dental bonding procedures.
At McKeel Family Dentistry, our friendly, family-oriented staff is committed to providing each of our patients with the best dental care in Gresham. We offer a wide range of dental services including children’s dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, exams and cleanings, and much more. Trust McKeel Family Dentistry to meet the needs of your family’s complete oral health with every visit. Contact us or call us at (503) 665-8888 to schedule a visit today.
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