Sensitive teeth during pregnancy is a very common discomfort that affects many expecting mothers.
Pregnancy affects nearly every aspect of a woman’s life, including her oral health. Taking care of your mouth and teeth is important during pregnancy.
Hormonal changes are the cause of tooth and gum pain during pregnancy. From increased blood flow to hyperactive hormones, pregnancy takes its toll. The most common causes of sensitive teeth during pregnancy include:
Hormones, can actually affect the way your body responds to bacteria, which can lead to periodontal infection (sore teeth and gums).Increased blood flow. Your body is working overtime to support both you and your little one, which results in increased blood flow in the body. This increased blood flow can create sensitive, swollen gums that are tender to the touch. Hot and cold foods can therefore trigger that sensitivity, even if you’ve never experienced it before.Gum disease. Pregnant women are more susceptible to gum disease, which can also be a catalyst for preterm labor.
Safely dealing with the pain
Since medicinal intervention is limited during pregnancy extra care and attention, is required to keep your smile healthy during your prenatal nine months. Maintaining all the great hygiene habits you’ve used up to this point will keep you healthy and pain-free.
Here are four things you can do for sensitive teeth during pregnancy:
- Use a soft-bristled brush. Sensitive teeth require a sensitive touch brush that will clean between and around teeth both thoroughly and gently to reduce soreness and bleeding.
- Stay away from foods that trigger sensitivity. It’s best to avoid trigger foods like ice cream at least until sensitivity in the gums goes away which happens commonly soon after pregnancy. Any subsequent tenderness in your teeth should subside as well, allowing you to indulge in hot and cold foods again in the near future.
- Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth, which can lead to cavities and soreness. If possible, reduce the amount of sweets you’re consuming. If you must indulge, have a treat followed by brushing to remove crumbs from your mouth.
- See your dentist regular checkups, keep your smile healthy even when you’re expecting. Just make sure to remind your dentist that you are pregnant, so proper precautions can be taken like forgoing certain types of x-rays.
Although pregnancy means a period of change, for your whole body you don’t need to endure discomfort. Talk to your OB/GYN for safe pain medication suggestions and to ensure that your sensitive teeth don’t make for an unpleasant nine months. With consistent professional guidance and personal care, you’ll be able to enjoy your pregnancy without worrying about the dental side-effects.
Conditions to lookout for:
Gum disease Regular tooth brushing twice daily, flossing once daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting the dentist regularly will help reduce dental problems that accompany pregnancy.
Enamel erosion for some women, morning sickness is a major symptom of pregnancy. Along with the nausea comes additional acid that, if left in your mouth, can erode your teeth. Be sure to rinse your mouth out with water or with a fluoride mouthwash to keep the acid level under control.
Dry mouth during pregnancy can put women at a greater risk for problems such as tooth decay and infections. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and chew sugarless gum to enhance production of saliva.ntist immediately.
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, call us today to schedule and appointment.