Hormones affect dental health. High levels of progesterone, the hormone that dominates your body while you are pregnant, can lead to gingivitis (inflamed gums) and even periodontal disease a more serious gum condition that can cause your gums to recede. Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection. This is the one that can bring on premature labor. Enamel erosion, that leaves the teeth vulnerable to decay, is more common in pregnancy and can be caused by vomiting due to pregnancy nausea. So if you do have a dental problem, what do you need to be aware of when it comes to safety?
Avoiding major dental treatment in pregnancy is best, if possible. Only have dental treatments if they cannot be delayed. Some dental treatments require antibiotics to be taken. Avoid this if possible, but if you must use antibiotics, make sure they are safe to use for pregnant women. Do not have x-rays performed for dental purposes (or any other purpose!) when you are expecting a baby. This can be damaging to your unborn baby. See a dentist specialized in dental care for pregnant women if possible they will be more aware of what is and is not safe for mothers to be and their babies. Make sure to brush your teeth and floss more often if you are throwing up in pregnancy, and use an antibacterial mouthwash without alcohol to control the bacteria can cause periodontal disease (staphylococcus). Eat healthily and avoid too much sugar keep those sugar cravings during pregnancy at bay!