The dentists at Summit Dental Group, understand how exciting anticipating the arrival of your new bundle of joy can be. As a Boise dental practice that cares, your Boise dentist would also like to take the time to provide you with some important but gentle reminders when it comes to your oral health during pregnancy.
As your body changes, the amount of bacteria in your mouth also changes. While scientists don’t understand all the reasons for this change, they do know that during pregnancy, your mouth is more susceptible to complications due to bacteria that can result in an increased risk for gingivitis or periodontal disease. Your Boise dentist also knows that the hormonal changes can create a more favorable environment for gum infections and other diseases to develop while you are pregnant.
During pregnancy, you may experience an increase in gingivitis even if you see your Boise dentist for a Boise teeth cleaning in addition to brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Symptoms of gingivitis are: increased bleeding of the gums with routine daily care, and more tenderness in the mouth. The reason for this is due in part to the increase in blood flow and volume that occurs naturally during pregnancy. Since there is more blood flowing through your veins, your gum tissues can become slightly engorged. Pain and tenderness are also symptoms of gingivitis.
Often times, brushing your teeth two times a day may not be enough. If you only floss on occasion, now is good time to start making this activity a daily habit. While mouthwash is advised, a mild salt water rinse may feel better than any commercial brands.
Remember, bacteria in the mouth circulates throughout your entire body. Harmful bacteria can compromise your immune system and may increase your risk for respiratory illnesses and cause other strains on your immune system. Even if you eat healthy, pathogens as well as nutrients can be passed onto your baby. Remember to stay up on your home-care routine, and schedule a Boise teeth cleaning during your pregnancy in order to care for you and the health of your little one.