Maintaining Healthy Teeth And Gums While Pregnant

Maintaining Healthy Teeth And Gums While Pregnant

After you become pregnant, your hormones, especially progesterone, start to increase and change. Hormones do not affect just the growth of your little one; they also change the very chemistry of your body. That is why, when you are pregnant, it is more important than ever to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Before Pregnancy

If you and your partner are thinking about getting pregnant, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will not only clean your teeth but will also check the health of your gums. If the dentist notices any potential issues, you can address them together before pregnancy.

Dental Health During Pregnancy

While you might not notice a difference in your dental health during the first trimester, do not slack off on your daily flossing, brushing and rinsing. Gums often become swollen, which can lead to other issues, particularly gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease in any trimester of pregnancy. An increase in hormones during pregnancy often also leads to dry mouth, especially at night.

Additionally, in about 10 percent of all pregnancies, women will experience pregnancy granulomas, or gum tissue growths, which are purplish in colour. Hormones also relax ligaments in your body, including those in your mouth, so be sure to keep an eye out for any loose teeth. While there are steps that can be taken to address these symptoms at home, it is important to talk to your dentist about how you can best keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Here are additional tips to keep in mind throughout your pregnancy:

  • If you experience morning sickness, rinse your mouth as soon as possible. Also, if your toothpaste is causing you to feel nauseous, switch toothpaste brands or change to a mild flavor.
  • Be sure to brush your front teeth and your back teeth very well during pregnancy. Make it a point to brush the gumline to prevent pregnancy gingivitis from occuring and also the teeth and biting surfaces to prevent dental caries (decay).
  • If you have a midnight snack, brush your teeth again to reduce the chance of cavities.
  • In addition to flossing and brushing, be sure to rinse with a fluoride mouthwash.

All of this is crucial not only for you but for your new baby as well. Poor dental health has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight in babies.

Visit Your Dentist While Pregnant

Professional cleanings are essential during pregnancy to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Schedule an appointment during your second trimester, and be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant and to disclose any medications or prenatal vitamins that you are taking.

Depending on the state of your dental health, your dentist may instruct you to come back for another cleaning while you are pregnant; this is completely normal. It is better to get another cleaning than to risk bacterial infection or increased risk of gingivitis and gum disease.

Dental Health after the Baby Arrives

Although you are no longer eating for two after your little bundle of joy has arrived, keep up with bi-annual appointments, and check in with your dentist regularly to maintain optimal oral health.

If you need any more information you can contact us at info@orionsdental.com

COVID-19 Update

In light of the COVID-19, it is important for us all to take the necessary steps to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our local communities safe and supported.

At Orion’s Dental, in the interest of health and safety and in accordance with Level 3 restrictions guidelines issued by Australian Dental Association (ADA), we are limiting our treatment to EMERGENCY CARE ONLY.

Our dental practice has always used and will continue to use strict cleaning and disinfection protocols as recommended by the Australian Dental Association. In addition to this, we are taking additional steps to reduce the risk of transmission and to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

1. If necessary, please only bring an accompanying adult to the appointment. All siblings, grandparents and friends should remain in the vehicle

2. Social distancing – If there are multiple patients in the waiting room, please maintain a safe distance from one another by sitting on alternate seats

3. We require all patients to use a hand sanitiser upon entering the clinic

4. We have removed all magazines and newspaper in the waiting room to avoid cross-contamination

5. If you have recently returned from overseas, or have been in contact with someone who has, please ring to reschedule your appointment

6. If you feel unwell (fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough), we ask that you please reschedule

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on

(03) 9390 9872 (Taylors Lakes) 

(03) 9735 7755 (Lilydale)   

(03) 9547 4404 (Springvale)

(03) 5986 4177 (Rosebud)

For more information, please see:

National Coronavirus Information Line: 1800 020 080
Department of Health and Human Services: click here

Let’s all work together and keep everybody safe.

Teams at Orion’s Dental