Maintaining your oral health is extremely important during pregnancy!
Not only can your oral health affect you as the expecting mother, it can also affect the health of your baby.
Pregnancy can affect your oral health
During pregnancy, hormonal changes make your gums more responsive to dental plaque. As a result, pregnant women are more susceptible to dental problems such as swollen gums, bleeding gums, and harmless growths in the mouth. Frequent reflux and vomiting can also damage your tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to dental decay.
Poor oral health can affect your pregnancy
Chronic gum disease in pregnant women is directly linked to pre-term labour and low birth weight babies. This means that if you have poor oral hygiene, you have a higher risk of having a baby that is born too early and too small.
A parents’ kiss can spread decay causing bacteria to baby
It is well documented that parents are the main source of spreading decay causing bacteria to their child, through the transfer of saliva, such as kissing and sharing of utensils. This is unavoidable as no parents can resist kissing their precious child!
At The Point Dental, we recommend that you practise good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing your teeth, and visiting the dentist regularly to ensure that you do not have any active decay during your pregnancy.