Why Are Cavities More Likely During Pregnancy?
The chance of cavities (also called dental caries) can potentially increase during pregnancy because of the tendency to snack on sugary foods. Sugar-filled foods and drinks feed bacteria in the mouth and lead to plaque buildup. The bacteria can actually be transmitted to the baby, so it is important to manage oral health during pregnancy.
Additionally, the vomiting that might occur during pregnancy can increase acidity in the mouth, which can also increase the chance of cavities.
What Other Oral Health Conditions Occur During Pregnancy?
As mentioned, vomiting during pregnancy can increase acidity and contribute to cavities. It can also erode teeth. Another oral health condition that can occur during pregnancy is pyogenic granuloma, which is a type of growth that can develop on gum tissue because of hormone fluctuations.
What Should I Do if I Become Pregnant and Need to See a Dentist?
If you become pregnant and live in Southern California, you will be in good hands if you entrust Downey Dental Arts with your prenatal dental care. We have a lot of experience working with pregnancy. We will help make sure your oral health is at its peak during this critical time.
Getting a routine dental examination is an easy way to protect your health and the health of your child during pregnancy. During the examination, our dentist will review your medical history and check your teeth and gums for any signs of disease or decay. If anything is found, treatment options will be explained thoroughly and discussed.