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Pregnancy and Tooth Sensitivity

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Louis McDonald, D.D.S.
Pregnancy and Tooth SensitivityDuring pregnancy, your hormones go haywire and your body goes through a lot of changes. Most women expect morning sickness and backache but not many know that tooth discomfort is also possible during pregnancy.
Fortunately, Dr. Louis McDonald and Dr. McDonald can treat your tooth pain at McDonald Dental.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity in Pregnant Women

There are several reasons why expecting women experience tooth sensitivity:

•  Hormones: During pregnancy, the changes in your hormones can impact your overall health in various ways. This can result in the propagation of bacteria and increase the risk of tooth sensitivity and gingivitis.
•  Gum Disease: Because of the proliferation of bacteria, pregnant women may be more at risk of gingivitis. It is important that gingivitis be treated in its early stage because if the disease turns chronic, it can have severe health consequences like premature labor.
•  Increased Blood Flow: During pregnancy, your blood flow increases since it is necessary to support the baby. This can result in swollen and tender gums and sensitivity to hot and cold food.

Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity During Pregnancy

During the gestation period, you need to avoid certain aggressive medication. However, that doesn't mean you can keep your smile healthy during pregnancy.

•  Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth and gums.
•  Avoid eating sugary or acid-producing food since it can lead to the proliferation of bacteria.
•  Do not miss your routine dental checkup with McDonald Dental. Inform us that you are pregnant and we will take the necessary precautions during your treatment.

Pregnancy is a very difficult period for women but with proper care, the discomfort will not extend to your teeth. If you feel signs of gum disease like sensitivity and swollen and bleeding gums, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Louis McDonald and Dr. McDonald. Call us today at (346) 250-3575 to schedule an appointment.

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