Pregnancy means change. But did you know it can cause changes to your oral health?
Shifting hormone levels can spawn benign pregnancy tumors in your mouth. Benign pregnancy tumors usually show up after the third month, disappearing on their own after the birth. But if they bleed, benign pregnancy tumors should be treated by a dentist.
If you have morning sickness you may have some dental erosion from increased acid in your mouth. Rinsing out your mouth with baking soda and water after being sick can reduce the dental erosion from increased acid.
"Despite the fact that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child, only 22 to 34 percent of women in the United States visit a dentist during pregnancy. In fact, dental care during pregnancy is not only safe and effective, it's essential for combating the adverse effects of oral disease, according to an article published in the May/June 2010 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dentists have the ability to maintain the oral health of expectant mothers by treating the dental findings that are common during pregnancy."