Best Dental Care and Oral Health Tips during Pregnancy

Best Dental Care and Oral Health Tips during Pregnancy
Smiles On Hickman

Smiles On Hickman


Dental care is essential for everyone, but it is especially crucial for pregnant women. Pregnancy increases your risk for oral health problems. These problems can negatively impact your pregnancy, causing complications for you and your baby. Therefore, dental care for pregnant women is essential. 

Read more to learn what kind of dental problems pregnancy can cause and how to prevent them.

How Pregnancy Impacts Dental Health

Hormonal changes during pregnancy may increase your risk for these oral problems:

  • Cavities

    Consuming more sugary foods and beverages due to cravings can make you susceptible to cavities. In addition, the temptation to ignore brushing because you are nauseous or tired can also make you susceptible to cavities. The cavity-causing bacteria can also cause oral health problems for your child in the future. 

  • Eroded Tooth Enamel 

    Vomiting from morning sickness may expose your teeth to excessive stomach acid, which can eat away the tooth enamel. This can cause tooth sensitivity, discoloration, and chipping. 

  • Loose Teeth 

    Increased levels of hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen, can temporarily loosen your teeth.

  • Pyogenic Granuloma (Pregnancy Tumors) 

    Excessive plaque can cause tender lumps on your gums, leading to discomfort and bleeding. As they are not cancerous lumps, proper dental care can prevent them. 

  • Gingivitis and Gum Disease 

    60% to 75% of women have gingivitis during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Red, tender, and swollen gums can lead to serious gum disease, infections, and tooth loss if left untreated. 

    Related blog: Gum Disease: What Are the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment?

How to Prevent Dental Problems during Pregnancy 

Follow these tips to maintain good oral health during pregnancy:

  • Brush and Floss

    Brush twice every day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss at  least once a day to remove cavity-causing plaque and bacteria between your teeth. 

  • Use Mouth Rinse and Antacids 

    If brushing causes nausea, rinse your mouth with a solution of one teaspoon baking soda and one cup of water. You can take antacids to reduce acidity in your mouth further. However, discuss it with your doctor before taking antacids.

  • Eat a Healthy Diet

    Eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats provides you and your baby essential nutrients that promote good oral health. Limit the intake of sugary beverages and foods to reduce your risk for a cavity.

  • Regular Dental Checkup

    Visiting your dentist for your routine dental appointment is essential during pregnancy. Inform your dentist about your pregnancy, the medications you are taking, and any complications involved during your visit. Also, inform them about any changes you notice with your teeth and gums. This will help your dentist customize your treatment plan accordingly. 

  • Get Dental X-Rays If Needed
    X-rays are safe during pregnancy, so get them if your dentist recommends one. The X-ray technician will cover your abdomen and thyroid to protect you and your baby from the radiation. 

Proper dental care and routine dental checkups are essential during pregnancy to detect and treat oral problems earlier. To receive the best dental care during pregnancy, schedule an appointment with our dentist in West Des Moines

Smiles On Hickman

Smiles On Hickman

Smiles on Hickman is a family dental practice located in Des Moines, IA. We are committed to providing the best, personalized dental care solutions to patients and their families. Our well-trained and experienced team of dentist in Des Moines,IA ensures that our patients feel comfortable during their visit with us. We use advanced dental techniques that enable us to provide quality care in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry, oral surgery, and more. We strive to form long-lasting bonds with all our patients and offer them a lifetime of healthy smiles.