When you find out that you or your partner are expecting a baby, it is undoubtedly going to be a time of great joy and anxiety.
There will be a seemingly never-ending list of medical professionals to visit and numerous appointments to attend. And, while these are all important, you are unlikely to think that you will need to book an appointment to see your dentist.
As odd as it may initially sound, as with all areas of health during pregnancy, it is important for the wellbeing of both the mother and the baby to have top-notch dental health during those all important 9 months. As hormones fluctuate, they can create many dental based issues which will require careful monitoring and care from a dental professional.
If you are new to pregnancy, this can all sound very scary, but don’t worry. All of these conditions are resolvable and often disappear at the end of gestation on their own. But, it is vital that you attend regular appointments with a dentist who is able to help you manage these conditions, and is experienced in prenatal dentistry, such as the team at Spa Dental Sydney.
So, what are the most common dental conditions caused by pregnancy? Read on to find out.
Progesterone and estrogen can cause swelling and bleeding of the gum tissue.
This in itself can lead to gum disease if left untreated and may cause tooth loosening or loss. An experienced prenatal dentist, available at many dentist practices, will be able to offer you a medicated mouthwash, to help reduce these issues and may suggest regular appointments with a hygienist.
Early in pregnancy, many women experience morning sickness or develop nausea linked to odours.
While exceedingly common and seen regularly by prenatal dentists, the acid that enters the mouth during this time can cause acid damage to the back of the teeth, leaving the surface rough and porous. This weakening of the enamel can increase the likelihood of cracks, chips, cavities and even infections. Once again, an experienced dental team will be able to apply protective varnishes to your teeth, such as fluoride sealants and will prescribe you a specialised acid neutralising mouthwash and toothpaste.
A build-up of plaque, odd food cravings and acid damage can all lead to higher chances of tooth decay.
It is important to see your dentist if you have cavities during pregnancy, so they can treat the damage and prevent infection from setting in.
Once again, this is associated with acid damage caused by morning sickness and can be very uncomfortable. If you experience sudden oral sensitivity, talk to your dentist about sealants or other protective coverings.
Soft tissue cysts
A common occurrence during pregnancy that scares many mothers, soft tissue cysts are typically harmless growths that occur on the gums.
While they usually disappear after childbirth, if they persist your dental team will simply remove them surgically.
All dental treatments carry potential risks. Contact your local dental team for more information about the procedures mentioned in this article.