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Expecting a child is certainly an exciting time in a woman’s life. While you’ve no doubt done your research about how best to care for your baby, did you know that your pregnancy can impact your oral health? Your teeth might need a little extra babying in order to stay healthy and strong.

Pregnancy affects all women a little differently, and many do not experience oral health issues while they are expecting. But for some, hormonal changes and other factors can impact the teeth. Keeping up your oral hygiene routine is always important, but becomes especially so during pregnancy. There are two main reasons for this.

One is commonly known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” Some women are prone to this mild form of gum disease, brought on by hormonal changes. Symptoms include redness and tenderness. As with any gum disease, this is preventable by keeping your teeth clean. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious problems.

Another issue that can occur is tooth decay. This can be brought on by changes in diet or morning sickness. Eating sugary foods can accelerate tooth decay, since the acid-producing bacteria in your mouth love a sugary snack. Frequent vomiting can also leave acid in your mouth. Be sure to drink water while eating, and rinsing your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water can keep stomach acid from attacking your teeth.

It is important for both you and your baby for you to take care of your teeth while you’re pregnant. If you have any questions about how specific treatments might affect you, please call our Portage, Michigan, office at 269-375-0800. Oak Park Dentistry celebrates your new baby with you and wishes you a healthy pregnancy.