Increased risk of oral health problems
Pregnancy can increase your risk of developing oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect teeth and gums.
You are less likely to have oral health problems during pregnancy if you look after your teeth and gums before you are pregnant.
You can do this by:
- Brushing your teeth and gums morning and night
- Using a small, soft toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
- Drinking plain tap water - soft drinks, cordials and fruit juice can lead to dental erosion and tooth decay
- Avoiding frequent snacking on sweet foods
- Visiting your dentist for a check-up.
During pregnancy, you can continue with your regular oral health care routine.
If you are experiencing sickness, gagging, or vomiting during pregnancy it will help if you:
- Brush later in the morning when the gag reflex may not be as strong
- Use a smaller toothbrush for the back teeth
- Rinse your mouth with water after vomiting
- Wait 30 minutes after vomiting before brushing your teeth – this will give the enamel time to recover from the acid attack.
Visit your dentist in early pregnancy to have your teeth and gums checked.
Don’t forget to mention you’re pregnant.