Women require additional dental hygiene care during pregnancy because hormonal changes can affect oral health. At Streatham Dental Centre we recommend that all our pregnant patients come for a check-up so we can help you keep your mouth healthy.
Some pregnant women experience inflamed and bleeding gums, known as ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ and this can start within the second month of pregnancy. During pregnancy, the body has high levels of progesterone, which affects the body’s response to toxins as a result of plaque build-up on the teeth. Women are therefore more susceptible to developing periodontal disease when these hormonal fluctuations occur.
Some women also experience a growth on their gums known as a pregnancy granuloma which are red nodules, usually found on the upper gums. While they are not dangerous, they can cause discomfort. Other oral health problems may include tooth erosion as a result of constant exposure to acid from severe morning sickness. Dry mouth is another major complaint, but can be easily remedied by drinking plenty of water and using sugarless candies to stimulate saliva flow.
If you are pregnant we recommend that you come to the practice for a thorough check up so we can help you to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.