Why is dental care so important during pregnancy?
Here you can find out how you can still go through life happily and with a smile during pregnancy and at the same time create the best possible conditions for your baby.
Why should you take extra care of your teeth during pregnancy?
Due to the hormonal changes and other additional stresses during pregnancy, the body fights on several fronts. Teeth and gums are one of them. Pregnant women have an increased risk of periodontitis. Nearly a third of all pregnant women are affected by such bacterial gum inflammation. It is also discussed whether periodontitis can also have a negative effect on the not-yet-born child and lead to premature birth or low weight. However, this is still controversial. So no definite statements can be made yet.
What causes an increased risk of periodontitis?
Due to increased progesterone levels, the blood vessels in the gums dilate. Progesterone in a female sex hormone that is especially high during pregnancy. The dilated blood vessels allow toxins and plaquebacteria to enter the tissues more easily. A simple gum infection can quickly develop into periodontitis.
What are signs of periodontitis?
If you have bleeding gums, gum pockets, receding gums, bad breath and painful teeth necks, you should definitely go to the dentist.
What can you explicitly do?
First of all, you can do a lot on your own. Always maintain good oral hygiene. Buy a soft-bristled toothbrush so you don't strain your gums too much, and an anti-inflammatory toothpaste with plaque-fighting ingredients - like our happybrush SuperBlack. Make sure you brush for a full two minutes and use dental floss or an interdental brush. It also doesn't hurt to change your toothbrush more often to prevent bacteria from settling in. A little tip regarding your diet: Even if you like to eat something sweet, like all pregnant women, be careful not to overindulge and brush your teeth after each of these tasty snacks.