pregnancy oral healthSo, you just found out you are pregnant. Your mind is probably racing thinking about the necessary preparation that must take place! But did you ever think that calling your dentist should be at the top of your list?

We all know your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy. In fact, your teeth are impacted by this as well. As your hormones change, particularly progesterone levels, your teeth become vulnerable to gingivitis, or gum disease.

Although you should expect to be a busy mom-to-be, it’s important to inform your dentist and pay careful attention to your oral hygiene.

Symptoms of Pregnancy-Related Gingivitis

If you notice blood while brushing, this could be a sign of developing gingivitis.

Keep an eye out for this, as well as:

  • Red gums
  • Tender, puffy gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Swollen gums

Although you may think you are a pregnancy expert by the third trimester, this is when gingivitis risk is at its peak. We recommend scheduling an additional examination and cleaning during this time to get rid of any lingering tartar.

4 Healthy Smile Tips for Pregnant Women

1. Eat Nutrient-Rich Food

pregnancy eat healthyA balanced diet is always recommended, but this tip is extra important when you are responsible for two! Make sure you are incorporating a variety of foods into your diet, like:

  • Fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Veggies
  • Dairy products for those that don’t suffer from lactose sensitivity

2. Keep Up with Your Oral Health

Brushing and flossing twice a day are the best ways to keep your teeth safe from germs. If your gums feel tender, switch to a soft-bristled brush.

3. Gargle with Sea Salt

Believe it or not, 1 teaspoon of sea salt dissolved in 1 cup of warm water works like a charm to reduce inflammation in your mouth. Give it a try!

4. Visit Your Dentist

Of course, this goes without saying! Just as you would check in with your doctor during pregnancy, your oral health should not fall to the wayside. Communicate with your dentist throughout your pregnancy to ensure your teeth glow just as brightly as you do during your third trimester! Schedule your appointment today.