Why do expectant women experience gum disease during pregnancy?
Many mothers have experienced gum disease, dental pain and/or tooth extraction during or shortly after their pregnancy. This is often seen as being a “normal” side effect of being pregnant. However we feel that dental disease, which is an infection of the teeth and/or gums, is not “normal” for any patient. There are three basic events that happen during pregnancy which makes an expectant mother more susceptible to dental disease. First, hormonal changes may make the gums more susceptible to gum disease. Second, pregnant women tend to eat smaller, more frequent meals, exposing their teeth and gums to sugars and acids more often. Third, cravings for “junk foods” and inadequate oral hygiene pose an increased threat to the teeth and gums. Expectant mothers are advised to book a dental consultation and receive preventive dental care at Denchic. Personalised oral hygiene instruction by our hygienist will be given to fight disease and promote overall good health for the mother and her baby.