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Pregnancy and Sensitive Teeth

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During pregnancy your body is changing, and discomfort comes along with those changes in the form of a sore back or trouble getting comfortable. Another unexpected discomfort during pregnancy? Your teeth.

Many patients in Washington DC aren’t aware that tooth sensitivity can increase during pregnancy. Here are the reasons why it may happen and how to safely deal with the pain:

Changes During Pregnancy

With all the hormonal changes happening in your body, each can be attributed to tooth and gums pain, from increased blood flow to hyperactive hormones. Some of the most common causes of sensitive teeth during pregnancy are:

  • Hormones: During pregnancy, the hormones can affect the way a woman’s body responds to bacteria which may cause periodontal infection and in return sore teeth and gums according to American Pregnancy Association (APA).
  • Increased blood flow: As your body works overtime to support both mother and the baby, blood flow in the body is increased. This can lead to swollen gums that are sensitive and tender to touch. Sensitivity can also be triggered by hot and cold foods.
  • Gum disease: Pregnant women are more vulnerable to gum disease which can also cause preterm labor according to a study published in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine in 2010.

Coping With Sensitive Teeth During Pregnancy

While some of the medical interventions usually used to battle sensitive teeth cannot be used during pregnancy, you can keep your teeth healthy and reduce teeth sensitivity with some extra care and attention.

Maintaining great hygiene habits can reduce sensitive teeth during pregnancy. Some steps that can reduce sensitive teeth during pregnancy are:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that cleans your teeth thoroughly but gently to reduce soreness and bleeding gums.
  • Keep notes on trigger foods: Take notes on which foods trigger your sensitive teeth. Does your tooth ache while drinking tea, or eating ice cream? Keep a note of such foods and avoid these foods during pregnancy. You will be able to enjoy them again after pregnancy as the soreness goes after pregnancy.
  • Eat less sweets: Bacteria in the mouth feed on sweets and can cause cavities and soreness. Try to reduce sweet consumptions and brush after indulging in sweets to remove fresh debris in your mouth.
  • Visit your dentist: Pregnancy shouldn’t be used an excuse to skip dental visits. It is even more important to keep your smile healthy while pregnant! Just be sure to let your dentist know about your pregnancy, so proper precautions can be taken.

If you would like to learn more about sensitive teeth, you can visit our website at www.softtouchdentists.com. Want to contact us directly? Call us at 202-333-3883 or email us at info@softtouchdentists.com.

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