Why Oral Hygiene Matters More When Pregnant

Giving rise to a new life is an experience that is remarkable. However, just like everything good in the world, it doesn’t come without a few complications. These issues range from back pain to even dental issues.

In fact, 40% of women are bound to experience pregnancy gingivitis during some period in their pregnancy. If not careful, such a situation can lead to the harm of your unborn baby. Luckily, all it takes to avoid dental issues during pregnancy is to commit to high dental hygiene standards.

Here is more information on dental issues during pregnancy and how to avoid them:

Ignoring Dental Hygiene Will Mean an Unhealthy Child

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of premature pregnancies. The chances of this happening increase in cases where the mother is carrying more than one fetus, has abnormalities in their uterus or have a history of premature birth. In other cases, it can also result in preeclampsia, a condition that can only be cured by the mother giving birth.

Otherwise, the mother risks strokes and even kidney failures. While keeping in touch with your dentist will help prevent these conditions, it might also be wise to take medical insurance to reduce any resulting financial burden. If you are not yet covered , then applying for health insurance before the deadline for health insurance expires could be wise to gain the benefits that come with Obamacare.

Some of the Issues You Might Face

During pregnancy, your body undergoes a lot of changes that contribute to a decline in oral health, if you let it happen. After all, you are growing a kid in your belly. Here are some of these problems:

1.    Pregnancy Gingivitis

Since the body tends to produce more hormones than usual during pregnancy, this encourages gingivitis. If left untreated for too long, the issue can grow into the periodontal disease which often results in the deterioration of your health and diversity of risks for your unborn baby.

2.    Enamel Erosion

Morning sickness is normal during pregnancy, but the problem arises once you fail to brush your teeth afterwards. The vomit will, in most cases, result in bacteria eating into your teeth enamel and lead to erosion. The trick is to either brush your teeth after vomiting or rinse your mouth using a mixture of baking soda and water.

3.    Dental Cavities

As much as you have cravings during pregnancy, you need to stick to good dental hygiene. Eating after every few minutes without taking some time to attend to your teeth will only work towards feeding the bacteria in your mouth. The cavities can also be caused by having a dry mouth.

4.    Pregnancy Tumors

While this might sound frightening, it is only a condition that affects your gums. Due to the shift in hormone levels, the gums tend to develop benign growths. You should have a doctor attend to this as soon as you notice it.

Why Dental Care Might Be Tougher

When pregnant, some women tend to experience some form of gag reflex when brushing their teeth which makes them put off brushing. Others feel that their toothpaste tastes or even smells funny, making them feel queasy. In some cases, you might fail to brush your teeth by simply having too much to achieve in a day. The fact is that ignoring your teeth will only lead to unwanted conditions.

How to Make Dental Care Easier

 To prevent the gag reflex, use a toothbrush with a small head and brush your teeth slowly. In case you need some form of distraction, consider listening to music as you brush your teeth. For situations where the toothpaste might be the problem, switch to brushing with only clean water followed by some fluoridated mouthwash. You can resume to using toothpaste once the queasy feeling is gone.


For the sake of your baby’s health, dental hygiene should never be ignored during pregnancy. Furthermore, a healthy dentition will mean a better pregnancy for you and reduced medical bills. Consider the tips above to avoid exposing your kids to the conditions listed above.

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