Five ways pregnancy affects your oral health

Pregnancy is such an exciting time for many new moms. The growth of the baby, feeling the baby kick, and getting that “pregnancy glow” can make the entire experience all worth it! However, pregnancy can do a number on one’s oral health and wellness. There are many changes that occur in the body which can impact the smile. Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert can educate women on what to expect with their pregnancy and smile during this wonderful time!

  • The hormones change dramatically during pregnancy. This can result in the development of pregnancy gingivitis. Inflammation caused by changing hormones can cause gums that are red, irritated, and bleeding. If not treated, it can lead to a more serious form of gum disease known as periodontist, which can later result in the loss of bone, soft tissues, and even adult teeth.
  • Periodontal disease in the mouth can also contribute to problems at birth. Studies continue to show a link between gum disease and concerns such as preterm delivery and low birthweight babies.
  • Morning sickness is extremely unpleasant, and can impact women during the first trimester. Some women deal with sickness throughout their pregnancy, which can contribute to the development of tooth decay. This is because stomach acids can weaken tooth enamel and make it more susceptible to cavities.
  • We know you’re eating for two, but this constant snacking can leave behind bacteria and acids on the teeth that can become damaging to the smile. Remember to brush your teeth after every meal—and snack—to reduce these risks.
  • Exhaustion is typical during pregnancy, but women should never skip out on their daily brushing and flossing habits. Stay on top of your normal routines to ensure a healthy smile from conception to delivery!

Schedule your evaluation today

If you reside in the area of Portland, Oregon and are pregnant, now is the perfect time to request an appointment with Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of NW Heights Dental. Call the office at (503) 646-1463 and visit our team at 975 NW Salzman Road. We accept new patients and current families into our facility for comprehensive dental care solutions.

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