Your teeth during pregnancy
Taking care of your teeth is important, but it’s even more important during pregnancy.
Pregnancy causes hormonal changes in women. An increase in estrogen levels causes gums to become inflamed, which can lead to swelling, redness and bleeding if plaque is not removed properly. This phenomenon is called pregnancy gingivitis. Rest assured, your teeth and gums will return to normal after the delivery.
Studies have shown that gingivitis contributes to the risk of premature delivery and to low birth weight in babies.
Your dentist will recommend making an appointment during your first trimester for a preventive examination and cleaning. To avoid dental pain and the need for medications (painkillers and antibiotics) during pregnancy, the dentist will examine your mouth, paying special attention to the gums for any early signs of gingivitis, and will give you advice on how to address the problem, if needed.
Should you require x-rays, don’t worry about your unborn baby: a lead apron will protect it from any radiation. This preventive appointment is also an opportunity to discuss products to avoid during pregnancy, such as fluoride, teeth whitening treatments, etc.
The dentist may ask you to return during your second trimester for treatments that cannot be postponed and to follow up on your general oral health.
Do not hesitate to contact your dentist if you have any questions.