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Were you aware that pregnancy can affect your teeth? With your hormone levels shifting, your dietary habits may also change. Both of these changes could lead to dental problems developing in your mouth. Today, we will provide advice for those who experience tooth sensitivity, cavities or dry mouth.

Tooth Sensitivity
During your pregnancy if certain foods cause a twinging sensation, you may want to stop eating them. The same goes for hot and cold foods if your teeth seem sensitive to temperatures. The good news is that after your baby is born, in most cases, these foods should stop being “trigger foods” again.

Cravings and Cavities
Throughout your pregnancy, you may experience cravings, but you might want to limit your sweets. Sugar can feed the bacteria found in your mouth, which they convert into acids. These acids can potentially eat through your enamel and lead to cavities. If the cravings are too powerful, you can rinse your mouth out with water and brush your teeth well after.

Dry Mouth
Some women can experience dry mouth during their pregnancy, which could elevate their chances of developing tooth decay or infections. If you have a dry mouth, you might consider drinking more fluids and chewing on sugarless gum to help promote saliva production. Saliva can help to naturally rid the mouth of food particles. Otherwise, the food particles could be feed the bacteria and allow cavities to develop.

For additional information on how pregnancy can affect your dental health, or to make an appointment with Dr. Lori Hawkins, please call Hawkins Family Dentistry at 740-423-8416. We would be thrilled to help you and your growing family retain your healthy smiles in our Belpre, Ohio, office.