Gum disease and pregnancy

It is very common for women’s oral health to take a bit of a hit whilst they are pregnant. When you’re pregnant, you go through hormonal changes that render your gums much more susceptible to plaque which can lead to bleeding and inflammation. Pregnant woman at dentist before treatmentHere at Cliftonville, we understand that changes to your teeth can be a little intimidating and we will always approach your anxieties with patience and care. You should attend regular check-ups with us so that we can keep an eye on your oral heath during your pregnancy.

Your dentist can give you advice on how to brush effectively and how to floss to remove particles that become stuck between your teeth. Don’t forget to consider the effect morning sickness has on your teeth – the acid in vomit is very corrosive to tooth enamel and if you are experiencing morning sickness, you should drink plenty of water to wash away this acid and brush your teeth following this.


How to keep teeth healthy at home during pregnancy

  • Do not let your brushing routine waver – brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste as this will help strengthen tooth enamel and make teeth more resilient to tooth decay.
  • Try to avoid sugary foods and confectionary that can become stuck inbetween your teeth. Avoid alcohol and smoking during your pregnancy as much for your teeth as for your baby and overall health.
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away any bacteria and food particles in your mouth.
  • Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
  • Try to snack on foods that are healthy for your teeth – these include cheese, vegetables and foods high in fibre.


You should avoid certain treatments when you are pregnant as the effects on the baby are not known – such treatments include Botox and dermal fillers as well as replacement fillings and dental X-rays.

If you would like to arrange a consultation to speak to us about maintaining good oral health during pregnancy, please do not hesitate to contact us.




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