Your oral health may be affected by hormonal changes during pregnancy. Pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis and may notice increased bleeding from the gums during cleaning. Pre-existing gum disease needs to be treated in order to maintain oral health and therefore general health. Routine cleanings with the hygienist are therefore important during pregnancy.
Nausea and vomiting can be common especially during the first trimester. If you do vomit, it is important not to brush your teeth for at least an hour. Tooth enamel weakened by acid will be damaged by brushing, and rinsing with fluoride mouthwash is recommended.
We recommend that complex dental treatment be postponed until after pregnancy. Routine dental checkups and hygienist visits are, however, very important and completely safe during pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, please advise your dentist at the time of appointment.