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Oral health and Pregnancy

Don’t let the visit to the dentist fall off your pregnancy to-do list before your baby comes. Although many women make it 9 months without any discomfort, pregnancy can worsen some conditions – or create new ones. Regular checkups and good dental habits can keep you and your baby healthy. It does not only take care of cleaning and other necessary dental work before your baby is born, but our dentists at Drummoyne Dental Practice can also help you with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might be experiencing.

How might pregnancy be changing your mouth?

  • Pregnancy Gingivitis

Your mouth can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during pregnancy. Some women develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease.

  • Increased Risk of Tooth Decay

Pregnant women may be more prone to cavities. If you’re eating more carbohydrates than usual, this can cause decay. Morning sickness can increase the amount of acid your mouth is exposed to, which can eat away at the outer covering of your tooth.

  • Pregnancy Tumors

In some women, overgrowths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” appear on the gums, most often during the second trimester. It is not cancer but rather just swelling that happens most often between teeth. They may be related to excess plaque. They bleed easily and have a red, raw-looking raspberry-like appearance. They usually disappear after your baby is born, but if you are concerned, talk to our dentists about removing them.

Tips for a healthy smile during your pregnancy


  • Eat a healthy diet – meals which contain lots of vegetables, lean meat, fish, chicken, bread, cereals, nuts and dairy foods
  • Include calcium rich food in your diet – e.g. salmon, broccoli, milk and cheese
  • Cut down on sweets


  • Drink tap water daily
  • Eat fresh fruit instead of drinking fruit juices
  • Avoid caffeine, soft drinks, sports drinks and alcohol


  • Clean your teeth and gums morning and night with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste
  • If you vomit, rinse your mouth with water and wipe a smear of tooth paste over your teeth afterwards to protect them
  • Do not brush your teeth straight after vomiting


  • Visit the dentist for a check up either before or soon after you become pregnant
  • It is SAFE to have dental treatment while you are pregnant
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol during pregnancy