There Must Be Something in the Water – Mouth Facts Pregnant Women Need to Know
One of the hottest trends this year isn’t exactly new, but it does require a whole new wardrobe. With the ever changing styles, one might wonder what the new trend sweeping Hollywood could be. It is… (drumroll please) the baby bump! This summer, plenty of female celebrities jumped on the baby bump train; Drew Barrymore, Snooki, Tori Spelling and Sarah Michelle Geller are all with child. Celebs like Kourtney Kardashian and Jessica Simpson have already made it through their pregnancies and are Mom’s to adorable little girls. But being pregnant isn’t always as easy as these stars make it look! It’s common knowledge that when a woman becomes pregnant there are drastic changes in her hormone levels. These changes can seriously affect dental hygiene. The possibility of tooth decay is greatly increased during pregnancy partially because of common pregnancy cravings and a lack of energy (no tooth brushing before bed!). Two of the most dreaded words related to pregnancy - morning sickness - also contribute to tooth decay by exposing your teeth to gastric acid. It is a good idea to rinse your mouth out in the morning after your daily prayer to the porcelain gods! It is your change in hormones that contribute the most to “pregnancy gingivitis” (inflammation of gum tissue). If left untreated, severe gum disease can cause tooth loss and your smile could end up looking more like your newborns than anyone else’s. To avoid severe pregnancy gingivitis, it is important that you keep a good dental hygiene routine. Brush at least twice a day with a soft bristle tooth brush, floss at least once daily and maintain a healthy diet. Visit with your dentist regularly during pregnancy to catch any developing problems. In fact, many plans with Delta Dental of Arkansas offer additional cleanings for pregnant women just to give that extra protection. There are so many things to worry about while pregnant, don’t let dental problems be one of them! And as crazy as it sounds, if you have a healthy mouth during pregnancy, your baby will be more likely to have a healthy mouth as well. So if for no other reason, see your dentist while pregnant and keep up those brushing and flossing routines so one day your child will have a beautiful smile!