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You know that there are a few things you’ll need to do differently while you’re pregnant if you’re interested in staying healthy. Similarly, you know that there may be a few things you have to do differently if you’d like to keep your child healthy. But did you know that you should also care for your teeth differently while you’re pregnant?

First, if you’re pregnant, you could find yourself at an increased risk for gum disease. You see, while you’re pregnant, you’ll produce more estrogen and progesterone than normal. Sadly, these hormones can actually make your body react more aggressively to the plaque that’s in your mouth–which can lead to inflammation and gum disease. To make matters worse, if you have these issues, you may be more likely to give birth prematurely.

Pregnant women are also more prone to enamel damage and cavities, partially because morning sickness increases the acidity in the mouth. Please note that brushing your teeth right after vomiting may actually be more harmful than helpful. Because acidity can weaken enamel, brushing may damage your enamel further. We recommend waiting about 30 minutes before brushing. You may also want to consider swishing your mouth with water to reduce the acidity.

You should of course remember to brush and floss daily. Eating a healthy diet can also help you keep your mouth healthy. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist, Dr. M. W. McConnell, at the beginning of your pregnancy. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact M. W. McConnell, DDS at 937-912-0101. We’re eager to hear from you.