Pregnant women have increased risk for gum inflammation due to an increase in the levels of hormones estrogen and progesterone. Mouth infections can trigger the production of pro-inflammatory mediators that increase the risk of miscarriage or preterm delivery and low birth weight babies.
Here are 4 things you should do during pregnancy.
- Take good care of your teeth and gums: Gum disease can lead to premature birth or low birth weight babies. If mouth and teeth problems are not properly attended to, bacteria causing tooth decay could even get to the baby. It is important to brush your teeth at least two times daily (in the morning and at night).
- Control vomiting and acid reflux: Morning sickness is common among many pregnant women. However, the vomiting and acid reflux that may accompany morning sickness could cause tooth erosion. Pregnancy supplements like EVERGREEN NATAL CARE can help relief nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
- Minimize the Risk of Decay: If you experience vomiting, remember to rinse your mouth with water. Afterwards, sip small amounts of water or suck ice chips every few minutes till you feel much better. Do not brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. Brushing immediately can actually lead to more damage from the stomach’s acid.
- See a Dentist: Some women can develop gum disease during pregnancy. It is important to talk to your dentist if you have any tooth pain or gum problems.