Pregnancy - What This Means for Teeth

Pregnancy - What This Means for Teeth

Pregnancy brings about lots of changes to bodies including teeth and gums. Poor teeth and mouth health can impact developing baby. Pregnancy can increase risk of developing sensitive teeth, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Did you know

  • Pregnancy hormones increase risk of getting gum disease.
  • Germs that cause decay can be passed onto baby.
  • If a pregnant woman has tooth decay, the baby has a higher chance of getting tooth decay.
  • Severe gum disease during pregnancy can affect your health including the growing baby's.
  • If you already have good oral health habits you are less likely to have problems.

Five ways to have a healthy mouth during pregnancy:

  • Brush twice a day: Brush morning and night with a fluoride toothpaste using a soft toothbrush. Spit out the toothpaste, but don’t rinse.
  • Space out  meals and snacks: Eat a wide range of foods from all the five food groups, at regular times over the day. Grazing on foods and drinks can increase the risk of tooth decay.
  • Drink plenty of water: Sweet drinks can cause damage to teeth.
  • If vomiting is a pregnancy symptom: Rinse mouth out with water, but don’t brush teeth for at least 30 minutes after the vomiting episode. Mouth can be freshened by rubbing a little toothpaste on a finger and rubbing it on teeth.
  • See your dentist: It’s safe and good to see a dentist during pregnancy. Just remember to let your dentist know that you’re pregnant.

Getting help for dental issues early can help stop a problem getting worse. Find out more Healthy Mouth Healthy Body