How does my dental care change when I’m pregnant?

During pregnancy, some women experience more frequent gum inflammation, known as gingivitis, which can cause tenderness and bleeding upon brushing or flossing. This is due to the changes in hormones during pregnancy and is reversible. It is of utmost importance that teeth and gums are well maintained through at-home oral care and in-office cleanings and check-ups. Prevention is key and minimally invasive dental treatment is generally safe during pregnancy. If needed, dental treatment will be determined by the severity of the problem. Dental issues that are not urgent can wait until after birth or be treated during the second trimester when risk of treatment is lowest. However, more acute issues such as pain, swelling, or infection may need to be treated as soon as possible. Your overall health contributes to your baby’s overall health. If you are pregnant and have questions about your oral health, talk to your dentist today!