5 Things to Know About Pregnancy and Oral Health

5 Things to Know About Pregnancy and Oral Health

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Are you pregnant or trying to conceive? Here are 5 things you should know about how pregnancy can affect your oral health.

1. You Can Still Get Dental Treatment During Pregnancy

If you're in pain during pregnancy, don't worry! Your dentist will still perform emergency dental work during the pregnancy to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

2. Some Procedures Should Be Avoided

While you can still get some treatment during pregnancy, you most likely won't be offered treatment involving X-rays such as orthodontic work. This is because babies shouldn't be exposed to radiation.

3. Pregnancy May Cause Teeth Pain

Your teeth might feel more sensitive during pregnancy due to hormone changes. What's more, morning sickness can damage your tooth enamel. Finally, if you're eating more sugary foods, you're more prone to sensitivity and plaque build up.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and book a check-up if you're experiencing some tooth pain.

4. Pregnancy Affects Your Gums

Pregnancy can cause gum irritation and swelling, particularly in the second trimester. Gum irritation can progress to gum disease or gingivitis, which may cause tooth loss if left untreated.

Always see your dentist if your gums become really uncomfortable or if you develop any of these symptoms:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Painful chewing
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding, swelling, or redness around the gums

There's a tentative link between gum disease and low birth weight — don't hesitate to ask your dentist if you're concerned.

5. You Should Schedule an Extra Check-up

Sure, you should always see a dentist for a check-up every 6 months or so. But if you plan on getting pregnant or you've just found out that you're pregnant, you should schedule an extra check-up sooner rather than later. Since X-rays and other procedures aren't recommended during pregnancy, it's important that you get essential dental work done now.

Oral Health Tips

To reduce your risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay, you should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Floss once per day.
  • Eat less sugar.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol.

Once your baby is around 2 years old, you can schedule their first dental appointment.

Keep Your Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy and Beyond

We know you'll be busy once your baby arrives, but it's vital that you still have regular dental check-ups. If you haven't had a check-up for a while, contact us now at 1300 255 600to arrange an appointment and give yourself one less thing to worry about!


Use the form below and one of dental staff will contact you.

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