Markham Street Dental

Does pregnancy lead to bad teeth or decay?

Our Armidale, NSW dentist wants to help you maintain optimal oral health throughout pregnancy.

During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes, and so do your hormones. While there is no evidence to suggest that pregnancy leads to tooth decay, there may be some factors that contribute to dental problems during pregnancy.

There is evidence to suggest pregnancy gingivitis in some women, an inflammation of the gums that may cause tenderness. This is rare, and an excellent oral hygiene routine and professional teeth cleaning may be in order. If you notice oral changes during pregnancy, we recommend consulting your Armidale, NSW dentist.

If you suffer from morning sickness, you may also be more prone to enamel erosion and cavities if you don’t take precautions. Cleaning your mouth after vomiting is essential to maintain the integrity of your teeth—stomach contents are acidic.

If you crave sweets, carbohydrates or acidic fruits and fruit juices, we recommend upping your dental hygiene routine to offset the increase in cavity-causing foods and beverages.

Pregnancy may lead to decreased oral hygiene if you’re not feeling well, feeling tired or if your gag reflex is particularly sensitive. Speak to your Armidale, NSW dentist or contact our Markham Street Dental team for tips to help you out when you’re just not feeling your best.

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