In today’s Ritchie Dental Group blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. I am Dr. Greg Ritchie and I want all expectant Texas mothers 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 Marble Falls 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 Marble Falls residents have experienced some gum sensitivity, 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 Texas woman, we at Ritchie Dental Group 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, we recommend that you have a cleaning and 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 830-693-8833. Untreated dental disease can affect your overall health.
At Ritchie Dental Group we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients, we also provide quality preventative care and sedation dentistry for the entire family. Our Marble Falls patients can expect professional Invisalign, teeth whitening, and other cosmetic dentistry services.
Dr. Greg Ritchie
Ritchie Dental Group
1000 Marble Heights Dr.
Marble Falls, Texas