Is your baby bump growing as you anticipate your new little baby? A new baby will certainly bring some big changes into your life, but were you aware that pregnancy could affect your dental health? As your body is subjected to constant hormonal changes, these changes could elevate your risk for certain issues like gum disease and small round bumps that are called pregnancy tumors.
Your fluctuating hormones can cause your gums to swell, which may turn into pregnancy gingivitis. If you feel like your gums are tender, or bleed easily, you may already have developed pregnancy gingivitis and our dentist may recommend that you have more frequent professional cleanings until the birth of your baby.
To help prevent it at home, you could continue your oral hygiene routine by utilizing a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day to help prevent plaque buildup. Flossing can also be added once a day, in addition to brushing, to help combat plaque as dental floss can go into the spaces between teeth that brushes can’t reach.
While their name may cause alarm initially, pregnancy tumors are not malignant. Resembling raspberries, they can show up between your teeth during your second trimester. If they are uncomfortable to you, Dr. Dayton Hart could remove them in most cases, but pregnancy tumors typically disappear after your baby is born.
If you have other concerns or questions about your oral health during pregnancy, or would like to make an appointment, please call us at 251-943-2471 today. We enjoy helping the families in and around the Foley, Alabama, area with their smiles.