Baby Bump? Your Pregnancy Oral Health Guide

Many women’s oral health is affected by their pregnancies, as hormone levels change and the body shifts. However, with the right dental care plan, you can keep your smile — and your baby — healthy and safe throughout your pregnancy. Discover common oral health issues during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time of profound changes, not just in your body but also in your oral health. The surge of hormones can unexpectedly affect your gums and teeth, making dental care more important than ever. To address the unique oral health challenges during pregnancy,  TEETH @ Tiong Bahru advises you to maintain a healthy smile and create one for your baby.


Why Is Oral Health Important during Pregnancy

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Pregnancy brings significant changes, including to your oral health. It’s crucial to give your dental care extra attention during this time to maintain your healthy smile. As you prepare for your baby’s arrival, keeping up with your oral health is key.

An early dental check-up can help maintain optimal oral health and avoid issues. Your dentist is ready to offer personalised advice and treatments tailored to your needs during pregnancy. This care is not only for maintaining your smile but also for supporting a healthy pregnancy.


Specific Oral Health Challenges During Pregnancy

Morning sickness is already unpleasant enough, but knowing that it may have a longer-term impact on your dental health is worse. Though we still do not know its precise cause, morning sickness is common among expectant mothers. What we do know is that the frequency of vomiting can harm your teeth, as stomach acid erodes tooth enamel. 

Some pregnant women develop pregnancy tumours, or pyogenic granulomas, in their gums. These growths are not cancerous, as they do not spread. However, they can lead to frequent bleeding, possibly leading to secondary infections. These usually resolve after childbirth as the body readjusts. However, if they remain and cause discomfort, consult your dentist for the best advice. 

Occasionally, changes in hormone levels can impact how the body responds to dental plaque. Even with the same dental routine, the plaque build-up may be unexpectedly higher and require additional care to prevent cavities and gum disease.


Hormonal Changes and Oral Health in Pregnancy

Increased oestrogen and progesterone levels can cause pregnancy gingivitis. This makes the gums more prone to inflammation due to decreased plaque bacteria response and increased blood flow to gum tissues. Symptoms include gum redness, swelling, and bleeding during brushing or flossing. 

Pregnancy gingivitis, if left unattended to, can develop into periodontal disease. It’s been found that periodontitis correlates with poor pregnancy outcomes, including preterm birth and low birth weight. Gingivitis may start as a mild disease, but for pregnant women, it can have serious repercussions on their children. Preventive measures include good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups during pregnancy.


Oral Hygiene Tips for Expectant Mothers

Pregnancy transforms your body into a nurturing haven for new life, ushering in joys, surprises, and a few oral health challenges. Your dental care should stay on track during this exciting journey. Regular check-ups are your saving grace; catching gum infections before they get too bad. Ensure your dental team knows about your pregnancy and any medications to tailor their care.

While elective dental procedures can wait until after delivery to minimise stress, emergency dental issues demand immediate attention. Addressing a rebellious cavity or a necessary root canal prevents complications.

Maintaining a dental routine is crucial. Twice-daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and regular flossing combat the gremlins of dental distress, even when fatigue tempts you to skip it. Use a soft-bristled brush for tender gums, and if morning sickness challenges your routine, opt for bland, unflavoured toothpaste to keep brushing gentle but effective.

Your diet also plays a vital role in oral health. A rainbow of nutrients from vitamins A, C, and D, calcium, and phosphorus fortifies dental defences. However, sugary snacks are foes in disguise, leading to cavities. Choose snacks that keep both your smile and the dentist happy.

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Morning sickness, an unwelcome roller coaster, can affect your dental health too. Protect your teeth from stomach acid by rinsing with a baking soda before brushing. This simple step neutralises acid, safeguarding your smile during these unwanted moments. 

Navigating pregnancy’s highs and lows with these pearls of wisdom by our TEETH @ Tiong Bahru team helps our patients enjoy a journey of health, happiness, and radiant smiles while supporting your baby bump.


One Myth in Dental Health for Pregnant Women

The old wives’ tale that “you lose a tooth for every child” turns out to be more fiction than fact. No expectant mom is predestined to sacrifice her smile for motherhood. This myth likely sprouted from the heightened need for vigilant oral care during pregnancy, not the inevitable doom of dental loss. 

Pregnant women do face a greater risk of oral diseases, yes, but with knowledge and proper care, those pearly whites can remain just that – pearly and intact.

One key to maintaining that gleaming grin is not skipping those dental appointments. Far from being taboo, regular check-ins with your dentist during pregnancy are not only safe but vital for the well-being of both you and your baby. So, while pregnancy will bring about countless changes, losing a tooth doesn’t have to be one of them. With the right approach, your dental health can remain unscathed, debunking the myth of one healthy smile at a time.

Remember, focusing on your dental health during pregnancy can positively impact your overall experience. With careful attention, your journey through pregnancy can be joyful and healthy for you and your baby.


Connect with Our Neighbourhood Dental Clinic 

At TEETH @ Tiong Bahru, we take pride in being your neighbourhood dental clinic, seamlessly blending professional expertise with a personal touch. Our dedicated team of dental surgeons is on hand to address both routine and complex issues, ensuring that every patient receives comprehensive, tailored care. 

Nestled in the heart of the community, we are committed to fostering an environment where oral health is accessible, approachable and anchored in trust. Your smile is our passion, and at TEETH @ Tiong Bahru, you’ll find not just a clinic but a partner in your journey to optimal oral health. We’re here to ensure that every visit is a step towards a healthier, brighter smile rooted in the highest standards of care and the warmth of community connection.

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(Tiong Bahru Road)
Singapore, 161011
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