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The human body changes when a woman is pregnant. Pregnant women need to take care of their bodies to make sure their baby is healthy. However, many pregnant women forget about the importance of protecting their oral health. In reality, if pregnant women don’t care for their teeth well, they could experience a number of potentially serious issues.

First, if you’re pregnant, you could find yourself at an increased risk for gum disease. You see, while you’re pregnant, you’ll produce more estrogen and progesterone than normal. Sadly, these hormones can actually make your body react more aggressively to the plaque that’s in your mouth–which can lead to inflammation and gum disease. To make matters worse, if you have these issues, you may be more likely to give birth prematurely.

While you are pregnant, you’ll also be more likely to have cavities and enamel decay. Many pregnant women have some degree of morning sickness, and the increased acidity in the mouth this causes can actually weaken enamel, leaving teeth more vulnerable to decay. However, please note that brushing your teeth right after vomiting may actually be more harmful than helpful. Because acidity can soften enamel, brushing may damage enamel further. We recommend waiting about 30 minutes before brushing. You may also want to consider swishing your mouth with water to reduce the acidity.

You should, of course, remember to brush and floss daily. Eating a healthy diet can also help you keep your mouth healthy. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist, Dr. David Ewing, at the beginning of your pregnancy. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Irish Road Dental at 810.653.4100. We’re eager to hear from you.