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The human body changes when a woman is pregnant. Pregnant women need to take care of their bodies to make sure their baby is healthy. However, many pregnant women forget about the importance of protecting their oral health. In reality, if pregnant women don’t care for their teeth well, they could experience a number of potentially serious issues.

First, if you’re pregnant, you could find yourself at an increased risk for gum disease. You see, while you’re pregnant, you’ll produce more estrogen and progesterone than normal. Sadly, these hormones can actually make your body react more aggressively to the plaque that’s in your mouth–which can lead to inflammation and gum disease. To make matters worse, if you have these issues, you may be more likely to give birth prematurely.

If you are pregnant, you may have to deal with morning sickness. Unfortunately, morning sickness can actually leave your teeth more vulnerable to enamel erosion and cavities because of increased acidity in the mouth. A natural reaction to vomiting may be brushing your teeth right away. But please refrain from doing so. You see, acid will soften your enamel and if you brush it right away, you could actually do more damage to your enamel. We recommend waiting about 30 minutes before brushing. You may also want to consider swishing your mouth with water to reduce the acidity.

You should, of course, remember to brush and floss daily. Eating a healthy diet can also help you keep your mouth healthy. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Scott and Doug Petersen, at the beginning of your pregnancy. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Nephi Dental Clinic at 435-623-1916. We’re eager to hear from you.