Not only can pregnancy cause oral health problems, but oral health problems are also known to cause problems with pregnancy. Gingivitis is known to be linked to premature labour for example.
Gingivitis occurs more frequently in pregnancy as pregnancy exaggerates the way that the gums react to plaque. They can become more inflamed than normal and this can lead to gingivitis.
There are other complications associated with pregnancy as well. Obviously, it is best if you don’t have x-rays, amalgam fillings or antibiotics while you are pregnant.
There are a number of preventative measures you can take however, to ensure your teeth and gums are kept as clean as possible.
Keep your teeth cleaned well twice a day, particularly near the gum line. You should also do your best to avoid eating too much sugar and switch sugary food for fresh fruits and vegetables which are much better for your teeth.
Schedule check-ups throughout your pregnancy, preferably in the second trimester, as the first can be the one that takes the greatest toll on your teeth. If you do have to make an emergency visit to the dentist then make sure you let them know that you are pregnant, and also discuss any medical history you have with them.
You should also mention any past miscarriages and drugs you are taking so the dentist can make the best possible decisions for you regarding your treatment.