Pregnancy is an important moment in a woman’s life. It is the time when she needs careful dental care, as the condition of an oral cavity significantly affects the course of pregnancy. If you plan to extend your family, be especially careful about the condition of your teeth. During pregnancy, a woman’s organism is under the influence of special hormonal fluctuations and imbalance, which, unfortunately, affect the condition of your teeth and the whole oral cavity.
The most commonly occurring problems:
- increasing tooth decay
- periodontium diseases
- increased tooth mobility
- gum sensitivity and bleeding
- bad breath
Pregnant women may experience swollen gums and bleeding. They may feel slight gum pain when brushing their teeth, as a result of which they start to brush more gently, but also less precisely.
The above factors also result from insufficient hygiene in one’s oral cavity, increased hunger, frequent meals, and constant snacking and eating sweet or sour products. It particularly contributes to the development of tooth decay. It is also related to the acidity of saliva during pregnancy and enamel damage caused by vomiting.
Women should regularly visit a dentist before pregnancy, and ca. 2-3 times while pregnant. Their doctor will be able to regularly assess teeth condition and decide which procedures should be performed when still pregnant, and which can wait to the moment after labour. Women should not worry about the treatment, as there are no contraindications to use local anaesthesia in case of future mothers. Procedures do not have to be painful or stressful. Pregnant women should however first inform the doctor about their pregnancy in order to avoid having radiography examination performed, as it should not be used during pregnancy.