Brunette pregnant woman lies in bed looking at and holding her growing belly

Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned When Pregnant?

February 26, 2022 9:28 pm
Published by

When you’re expecting a baby, there’s a lot to keep track of. We’re here to make things a little bit easier for you by helping you understand how your dental health needs may change during pregnancy.

Before Pregnancy

Ideally, you’ll be able to see a dentist before you get pregnant. That way, they’ll have a chance to take a good look at your teeth and gums, and determine whether or not any work needs to be done before your pregnancy. Additionally, establish good oral health habits now. Keep up with your biannual cleaning and exam visits; consume a balanced diet; brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time; floss your teeth every day; and avoid tobacco products.

During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an interesting condition that can cause a host of things, including hormone fluctuations, carbohydrates cravings, morning sickness and vomiting, and extreme fatigue. These can all negatively impact your oral health. For example, hormone fluctuations can change how your mouth responds to bacteria. A carbohydrate-rich diet provides increased fuel for plaque. Stomach acid damages your teeth and gums. Tiredness can make daily oral care difficult.

For various reasons, some pregnant women experience what is known as pregnancy gingivitis, or increased redness and inflammation of the gums during pregnancy. It can result in tenderness, pain, bad breath, and even tooth loss if left unchecked.

Keep visiting your dentist for biannual cleanings and checkups during your pregnancy. Some dental insurance plans even cover 3 visits a year for pregnant women. Your dental team can help you manage any oral health changes through treatment in-office and at home.

Dental Care for the Whole Family in Fayetteville, AR

Welcoming a new baby into your home is an exciting and exhausting time. Soak up the snuggles! And remember that you will one day sleep again and go to the bathroom alone.

When the time comes to get your child started at the dentist, our Wedington Family Dental team will be ready! Children should have their first dentist appointment when their first tooth emerges, or by the age of one. Whether you need a cleaning for yourself or a checkup for your child, contact us today!

Contact Us