Of all the bodily changes and hormonal changes you are going through during your pregnancy, you may not have considered the fact that teeth can develop problems. This can actually be one of the more frustrating and painful aspects in the lead-up to childbirth. So what should pregnant women be expecting from their teeth? How can you cope with sensitive teeth during pregnancy?
What Do Sensitive Teeth Feel Like?
Sensitive teeth are mainly an issue when it comes to hot and cold foods. It can suddenly feel like your teeth are in pain or get a sharp sensation as soon as you consume anything hot or cold. The morning coffee you used to enjoy might suddenly become torturous.
Sensitive teeth can also be triggered by other things like brushing and flossing. This doesn’t mean to stop doing them, but you need to be gentle and be sure you don’t irritate areas that are already in pain.
What Increases Tooth Sensitivity While Pregnant?
There are a few things that can potentially cause issues during pregnancy.
- Hormonal alterations in your body can change the way you respond to bacteria and infection. This means more plaque grows and this can cause gingivitis or other issues with your teeth and gums.
- Hormones can also change the blood flow around the mouth and this can lead to pain in the gums.
- Some people have speculated that morning sickness and vomiting could also cause issues with your teeth and make them more sensitive.
So you can see the link. This isn’t some old tall tale that people tell pregnant women or a myth passed through the ages; there are scientific reasons why your teeth can suffer. They are unfortunately just one of many body parts that may experience pain when you are pregnant.
Sensitivity can be caused by plenty of other issues, so if you already had cavities, for instance, it could be worse.
How To Treat Sensitive Teeth During Pregnancy
How do you treat sensitive teeth? There are certain things that you can do to ensure that your teeth have the best chance of feeling normal.
The first is to brush and floss as usual, twice daily.
Next, make sure you avoid any sugary drinks that might make your symptoms worse. These often have a profound impact on sensitive teeth during pregnancy and should be treated if you’re in pain.
Eating more vegetables and fruits can be good for the teeth and generally good for fighting off bacteria and infections.
Finally, you should remove alcohol mouthwashes if you are using these. They won’t help with sensitivity, and you can find some alternatives.
Look out for signs of infection, too, such as the bad breath. These can be signs of problems and may mean you have to get seen by a dental professional.
You can try specific oral products if you wish. Some kinds of toothpaste have added ingredients that can help with sensitivity. Don’t buy any fad products, but check that they have been FDA approved and have proven benefits before you change your brushing routines.
Practicing Proper Oral Hygiene
No, tooth pain during pregnancy doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve not had good oral hygiene. That said, both before, during, and after pregnancy, the best answer to teeth problems is good hygiene.
What does this look like?
- Brushing at least twice a day with quality oral products.
- Flossing using either dental floss or a water flosser.
- Eat and drink well. Teeth can suffer if you aren’t taking on enough water. On top of this, you need to make sure your body has the right kinds of fuel including getting calcium, vitamins, and minerals.
- Regular visits to the dentist, and visits if anything goes wrong. Not only should you visit dentists for a regular check-up, but you should also make sure you get seen if your teeth develop extra sensitivity, or if you are experiencing pain. It is always better to be safe.
- Try to avoid food and drink that can do your teeth damage.
Did you experience sensitive teeth during your pregnancy? What has helped you with this problem?
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