You may already know your body will undergo many changes during pregnancy, but have you heard that those changes could also affect your teeth and gums? Pregnant women are sometimes surprised to learn that their oral health can be compromised without careful monitoring.

If you’re pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, this article will help you understand how you can protect yourself from common dental problems.

Keep Brushing and Flossing

First, it’s important for you to continue brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Even if you become nauseated at the taste of toothpaste, you need to keep up with your oral hygiene habits. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste and gently make circular motions to rid your teeth and gums of debris.

One word of caution: If you are getting sick to your stomach on a regular basis, you may be putting your teeth at risk of decay. Rinse your mouth with water to rinse away as much harmful stomach acid as you can.

Be on the Lookout for Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are a common occurrence during pregnancy, but they can also be an indication of pregnancy gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. When diagnosed and treated early, it can be reversed. However, if it’s allowed to persist, you may be left with gum disease even after your pregnancy has ended.

Not sure that your gums are bleeding, but having trouble with swollen gums? You need to contact a dentist soon. In Kennewick, WA, Dr. Mohlman is available for consultations to discuss any issues you’re having.

Keep Drinking Your Calcium

Your body makes use of nutrients as it helps your baby grow, and that means you may require more vitamins and calcium. Be sure to drink enough dairy or take supplements so your bones and teeth aren’t left without the nutrition they deserve.

Here’s to a healthy pregnancy and a healthy mouth!