Pregnancy is an exciting time that also requires a lot of planning and adjustment to your lifestyle. Believe it or not, being pregnant also affects your teeth and gums! Dr. Mark Richardson, your dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, has treated many expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy, and we've compiled some information about pregnancy dental care for you.
"Morning sickness" and your teeth
Unlucky women who experience "morning sickness" during their pregnancy also have to be careful that the enamel on their teeth is not affected. The acid that comes into contact with the teeth after vomiting can cause a breakdown of the protective layer on the outside of the teeth. Although you may not feel much like brushing your teeth every time you get sick, your Kalamazoo dentist will advise you to keep a toothbrush and toothpaste handy in order to maintain good dental health.
Because of the increase in a hormone called progesterone throughout the body, a pregnant woman's response to bacteria in the mouth can be more reactive. The gums may bleed much more easily and you may find that your usual dental hygiene routine isn't working as well as it did before your pregnancy. This is especially concerning if you already had gingivitis prior to becoming pregnant. Your Kalamazoo dentist may recommend an in-office procedure in which our hygienist will use a specialized tool to remove tartar from the surfaces of your teeth near the gum line. For at-home care, there are toothpastes and mouthwashes to keep bacteria at bay that are approved for use during pregnancy; Dr. Richardson will offer some suggestions.
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Whether or not you're expecting, Dr. Mark Richardson and his dental team in Kalamazoo, MI, will help you maintain your dental health. Contact us at (269) 343-6907 for an appointment today!