Shocking truths about toothache during pregnancy

So you’ve just got past the gut wrenching nausea of the initial few months and already the bathroom has begun to scare you. Like a scene out of some bad movie, have you noticed a sudden swelling or bleeding in your gums? Are you running around manically looking to book an appointment with your gynaecologist? Download this article and read this on your way to the doctors. Thank us later.

Dental health is a very good indicator of your overall health. Pregnancy throws the dynamics of chemicals in your system out of whack causing gums and teeth to bleed or hurt. With more blood flowing through your body, rising acid levels in your mouth and changing hormone levels, its’ obvious that oral wellbeing should rise in your priority list.

Some of the common complaints one hears of during pregnancy are:

Periodontitis: Causes bleeding, pain and even heightened temperature. This is a serious condition that merits the jaunt to your dentist.

Pregnancy tumors: The good news is that these tumors are not cancer! They may be caused by having too much plaque (sticky bacteria that forms on teeth). Pregnancy tumors usually vanish post partum but you may need to have them removed by surgery sometime after you give birth.

Gingivitis: Red, swollen or sore gums when you brush your teeth? This could be the reason. Be sure to visit your dentist and tell him that you are pregnant.

Loose teeth: The high levels of chemicals that your body produces in the form of hormones can affect healthy tissues and bones.

Tooth decay: Enamel is the shell of a tooth. Because you have more acid in your mouth than usual during pregnancy, you’re more likely to have tooth decay. If you have morning sickness and throw up often, you have even more acid in your mouth.

Tooth loss: Have you had a history of tooth decay? In which case gum disease may make your teeth fall out. Visit your dentist and ensure you tell him at which stage of pregnancy you are. Depending on your stage the doctor may avoid/include certain procedures.

Here’s how you can help keep your teeth and gums healthy:

Brush and floss:

‘This is an important routine well learnt while you are pregnant, because you will be saying this more often when your child starts to teeth!  It is important to brush using a toothbrush with soft bristles

Rinse well after morning sickness:

The acid build-up after the admittedly cruel morning sickness that drags you out of your early morning sleep is huge. So even if you don’t have the energy to brush, ensure that you rinse thoroughly and repeatedly.

Dentist

Visit your dentist for a regular dental checkup every 6 months, even during pregnancy. Since baby develops teeth during 3rd and 6th month of pregnancy, it is recommended that you take your vitamins and calciums religiously.

Control sugar intake

If you have a history of gum disease, you must limit sugar intake. The sugars found in colas/candies/plain flour tends to stick o gums and exacerbate a pre-existing condition.

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