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 Edina dental team 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 Grandview Center for 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.
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.
About Bridget Lervick, DDS
Dr. Lervick’s goal is partnering with her patients to achieve or maintain a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has special interests in cosmetic dentistry and smile transformations, orthodontics, sleep apnea, and pediatric dentistry.