In today’s Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. We are Dr. Hammond and we want all expectant mothers in Utah County to realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body there are potential dental health issues that may arise.
Many Provo area women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.
Most Provo residents have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy the hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.
If you are a pregnant Utah County woman, my staff and I at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.
If you are planning to become pregnant, it is a good idea to have a cleaning and general dentistry exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy please call and schedule an appointment at 801-374-0070. Untreated dental disease can effect your overall health.
At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry we not only offer excellent family dentistry care to our pregnant clients, we provide quality preventative care and cosmetic dentistry for the entire family. Our Utah County patients can expect professional cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and laser dentistry.