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Did you know your pregnancy can affect your oral health? Well, it’s true. This is why our dentist, Dr. Sharon Hanne, strongly encourages you to take good care of your teeth and gums while you grow the little bun in your oven. You deserve a top-notch smile! You can keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and attending your dental checkups every six months.

Pregnancy can affect your oral health by:

– Causing enamel erosion: If you have morning sickness, the acid from your vomit can severely affect your tooth enamel. It can attack and erode the enamel, making it weak and fragile. This can promote tooth fractures, tooth decay and a weak smile.

– Causing pregnancy gingivitis: When you’re pregnant, your smile is susceptible to the swelling, bleeding and tenderness of the gums, which is known as pregnancy gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it needs to be treated quickly. You can do so by attending your checkups.

– Causing loose teeth: According to the Mayo Clinic, progesterone and estrogen can make the bones that keep your teeth in place loose, even if you don’t have gum disease. This will likely go away after your pregnancy, but it’s best to talk to your dentist about this problem.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about pregnancy and oral health in Edwardsville, Illinois, please contact Hanne Dental when you have the chance. Our dental team is happy to help you in any way we can, so dial 618-656-9700 now! We look forward to your phone call.