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Are you pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant? If so, you’re probably expecting a number of changes, but did you know that your teeth may change as much as your body?

During pregnancy, your body releases many hormones for the health of your unborn child. However, due to these hormones, you’ll be more likely to get gingivitis. In fact, your body will act more aggressively to the plaque that is in your mouth. This can cause inflammation and the symptoms of gum disease. Furthermore, with morning sickness, you may have more acid in your stomach, and if you vomit, the acids may wear down your tooth enamel.

Similarly, if you have gingivitis, or are dealing with tooth decay, you’ll be more likely to have a premature birth. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and strong to avoid these issues. Naturally, you should remember to brush and floss regularly. We also recommend visiting our dentist for a routine checkup. From there, our team will be able to offer you advice tailored to your needs.

If you have questions about what you should do to protect your teeth while you’re pregnant, or are interested in setting up an appointment with our team, we invite you to contact Dayley Family Dental at 208-321-1141. Dr. Blake Dayley happy to help in any way we can!