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May 24, 2024

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive While Pregnant?

A pregnant person brushing their teeth in a washroom with one hand placed on their stomach

Pregnancy is a miraculous time filled with anticipation and change, but it can also bring some unexpected challenges, including dental discomfort. Many expecting mothers find that along with backaches and cravings, sensitive teeth and gums can also be a part of their pregnancy journey. Understanding what contributes to this discomfort and how to manage it can help alleviate some of the stress associated with these changes.

What is the Impact of Pregnancy on Dental Health?

Your oral health may be particularly vulnerable to the hormonal shifts that occur with pregnancy. Due to an increased vulnerability to oral health issues brought on by these hormonal swings, it is more important than ever to practice excellent dental hygiene.  

Some pregnant women may find that their gums and teeth become more sensitive for the following reasons:

  1. You may experience a change in your body's response to the germs that create dental plaque due to hormonal changes. These changes occur during pregnancy, when hormone levels rise. Because of this, plaque can accumulate more easily, increasing the risk of periodontal disease and discomfort to the gums.
  1. The gums, like the rest of your body, see an increase in blood flow during pregnancy. Most pregnant women experience some degree of gum swelling and bleeding, commonly known as pregnancy gingivitis, because of this.
  1. Acid erosion of the tooth enamel can occur due to prolonged exposure to stomach acids caused by nausea and vomiting, a common symptom of pregnancy. The enamel of your teeth can be worn down by these acids, which can cause sensitivity.
  1. Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause dry mouth in many women. To neutralize dangerous acids and wash away food particles, you need saliva. When saliva production is inadequate, cavities and other oral infections are more likely to occur.

Advice on Dealing with Dental Sensitivity While Expecting a Child

Home care and assistance from a dentist can work together to effectively manage dental sensitivity. For pregnant women who want to keep their teeth and gums healthy, here are a few tips:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth at least twice a day.  
  • Get plenty of the vitamins B, C, and D, as well as calcium, protein, and phosphorus by eating a varied and balanced diet.  
  • Keep up with your normal dental care routine, including checkups and cleanings, even while you are pregnant.  
  • If you let your dentist know you're expecting a child, they can adjust your dental treatment plan and avoid any procedures—like some radiographs or medications—that could be harmful to the developing fetus.
  • Morning sickness sufferers can neutralize stomach acids by rinsing their mouths with water or fluoride mouthwash after vomiting.  
  • Consider using an antimicrobial mouthwash to lessen the accumulation of plaque and gingivitis. This will also decrease inflammation and preserve gum health.  

Don’t hesitate to consult your dentist or oral health professional with any worries you may have. To provide the best care for both you and your baby, your OB/GYN can advise you on appropriate methods of pain treatment during pregnancy and work in tandem with your dentist.

Even though being pregnant is full of happiness and excitement, it can also offer some unpleasant side effects, such sensitivity to the teeth. You can alleviate discomfort and have a healthier pregnancy by learning about the causes and actively managing your dental health.  

The secret to keeping your smile and general health in check over these nine months is to maintain regular dental checkups, good oral hygiene, and a healthy diet.

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