Okanagan Dentistry on Facebook Okanagan Dentistry on Instagram

Pregnancy & Your Pearly Whites


Pregnancy is an incredible journey filled with excitement, hormones, and, of course, those infamous cravings.  But amidst the baby showers and nursery preparations, let's not forget about the well-being of our teeth and gums. Hormonal changes and increased blood flow during pregnancy can make women more susceptible to certain oral health issues.  If you are dealing with any of these oral health issues during your pregnancy, you are not alone.  

Pregnancy Gingivitis:

  • Hormonal fluctuations can cause an increased response to plaque and bacteria, leading to swollen, red, and tender gums. This condition is known as pregnancy gingivitis. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings can help manage and prevent this condition.  You may consider increasing your hygiene visits to every 3-4 months if this is something you are suffering from.

Tooth Decay:

  • Pregnancy cravings can lead to increased consumption of sugary snacks and drinks, which can contribute to tooth decay. Additionally, morning sickness and acid reflux can expose the teeth to stomach acids, increasing the risk of enamel erosion. Maintaining a balanced diet, practicing good oral hygiene, and rinsing your mouth with water after vomiting can help minimize the risk.  If you do experience nausea and vomiting, give yourself at least an hour of buffer time before brushing your teeth. 

Dry Mouth:

  • Some pregnant women may experience dry mouth due to hormonal changes or as a side effect of certain medications. Reduced saliva flow increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, using sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva production, and discussing any medication concerns with your healthcare provider can help alleviate dry mouth symptoms.

By maintaining good oral health during pregnancy, you can help ensure a healthy smile for yourself and promote the well-being of your baby. Our team is no stranger to baby bumps at Okanagan Dentistry, and love seeing our patients' as well. If you have any oral health concerns during your pregnancy, please contact our office!