Of course, there are many changes that occur in your body when you’re pregnant, but did you know that changes in your oral health are often among them? It’s true! There are a variety of dental conditions, often temporary, that women become more susceptible to during pregnancy because of fluctuating hormones.
Luckily, our dentist, Dr. Parag Kirpekar is familiar with all the possible conditions that pregnant women are more susceptible to and is here to help you take preventative measures. At Parag S. Kirpekar, DDS in Parma, Ohio, our capable team is dedicated to helping you have peace of mind about the state of your oral health.
Some of the dental conditions that you may be at risk for if you are pregnant are:
– Pregnancy Gingivitis: This condition arises because of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Essentially, pregnancy gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and can cause swelling and tenderness. It is possible that this condition will cause your gums to bleed a little when you floss. Just as with regular gingivitis, if this condition is left untreated, it can develop into more serious forms of gum disease.
– Increased Risk of Tooth Decay: There are a few reasons why women who are pregnant develop a higher risk of cavities and general tooth decay. One of which is morning sickness. When vomiting occurs, your teeth are exposed to stomach acids and they wear away at tooth enamel and makes teeth more vulnerable to decay. Another reason is the increased amount of carbohydrates that are usually consumed. One more reason that pregnant women are at higher risk for tooth decay is because they are less inclined to stick to a regular brushing routine as a result of their more sensitive gag reflex.
– Pregnancy Tumors: Sometimes, pregnant women have been known to develop overgrowths of tissue on the gums called pregnancy tumors. This is not cancer but is just swelling that often times happens between teeth and could be related to excess plaque. Luckily, these usually disappear after you give birth.
If you are concerned or have any questions about what you can do to prevent tooth decay during pregnancy, please call at (440) 884-7710 and schedule and appointment for an oral exam. Our team is ready to welcome you and is eager for your next visit to our office.