Hello, I’m Dr. Rosa. In this week’s blog, I would like to talk about pregnancy and its impact on oral health. I understand the joys and challenges that come with pregnancy. It’s a time of excitement and change, not only in your life but also in your body, including your oral health. During pregnancy, many women may face dental issues they haven’t encountered before, or pre-existing problems may worsen. In this article, I want to shed light on how pregnancy can affect your oral health and share some guidance on maintaining good dental hygiene throughout this incredible journey.
Hormonal Changes and Gum Disease
Pregnancy is a beautiful journey marked by various hormonal shifts. These changes can lead to increased blood flow to your gums, resulting in sensitivity, inflammation, and even gum bleeding, a condition often referred to as pregnancy gingivitis. The good news is that with proper oral hygiene practices, you can manage this condition effectively. However, if left untreated, pregnancy gingivitis can progress to gum disease, which can have far-reaching consequences, including tooth loss and other serious health issues. Ideally, I recommend seeing your dentist before becoming pregnant as part of your pre-pregnancy check-up routine, which includes essential blood tests and checking iron levels.