Pregnancy brings with it a whole new set of emotions and experiences. All too often, women deal with toothaches and swollen gums during pregnancy. Many women have to deal with pregnancy gingivitis, especially in the second trimester as hormonal changes hinder the normal response to bacteria. Dr. Caceres can help you deal with these and other dental issues that may occur during this special phase of your life.
How Your Marietta Dentist Deals with Swollen Gums During Pregnancy
Due to hormonal changes, you are more likely to experience gingivitis, bleeding gums, or swollen gums while you are pregnant. When these conditions are left unchecked or untreated, they can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. However, with regular checkups with your Marietta dentist and continuing good oral hygiene habits, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. Remember that your gums should return to normal after you deliver your baby. Bleeding, swelling, and sensitivity should get better too. If not, contact Dr. Caceres.
What to do About Tooth Pain During Pregnancy
It’s not unusual to experience tooth pain during pregnancy. The best way to minimize toothaches while you are pregnant is to maintain good oral health habits. This includes:
- Brushing twice a day and flossing every day
- Rinse your mouth out with a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water after you get sick
- Keep your routine dental visits with Dr. Caceres while you are pregnant
If you have a toothache that doesn’t go away or turns severe, call Dr. Caceres right away. It is completely safe (and recommended) to see a dentist during pregnancy. There are also a few things you can do for short-term relief of tooth pain.
- Know your food and drink sensitivities. If you notice your teeth are sensitive to cold or hot temperatures, you can avoid pain by staying away from them.
- Use a saltwater rinse. Check your local pharmacy for a gentle saltwater rinse that can be used along with your daily oral care regimen. Swishing with a rinse can help reduce inflammation in your mouth.
- A cold compress on a swollen cheek or face can help ease pain and swelling.
Tips for Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy During Pregnancy
Even though it is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy all the time, it becomes even more essential during pregnancy. Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent and address gum problems. Make sure to visit with Dr. Caceres during your pregnancy to ensure your oral health stays intact. Here are a few more tips to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
- Avoid sugary drinks like sweet tea or carbonated drinks.
- If you get hungry between meals, choose fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, or yogurt for snacking. Avoid foods that are high in sugar or acid.
- Use mouthwash but make sure it does not contain alcohol.
- Smoking is not only bad for your unborn child, but it’s also bad for your oral health. It can also make gum disease worse.
- If you have morning sickness, rinse your mouth out after vomiting. Do not brush your teeth right after you vomit as the acid can soften your teeth and brushing can cause damage.
Contact Your Marietta Dentist!
If you have any concerns or questions about your oral care and mouth health during pregnancy, please call and schedule your appointment with Dr. Caceres. He can best answer your questions and address any concerns you may have during your new patient or periodic oral exam. If any of your symptoms continue after your pregnancy, please schedule an exam right away.