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Pregnancy can be one of the most joyous times in your life, but did you know that pregnancy can affect your teeth? While your hormone levels are changing, your dietary habits could also vary. Combined, these changes could lead to dental problems in your mouth. For those of you who may experience tooth sensitivity, cavities or dry mouth, we would like to offer a few words of encouragement.

Tooth Sensitivity
-During your pregnancy, you could find that certain foods cause your tooth discomfort. These can be referred to as “trigger foods” and you may want to avoid them.
-The same can be said if your teeth seem to be sensitive to hot or cold foods.
-Most of the time, after the baby is born, these foods can stop being triggers and you can enjoy them freely once more.

Cravings and Cavities
-Most women experience cravings during their pregnancy, and you may not be the exception.
-You might, however, want to restrict your sweet snacks for the sake of your teeth.
-The bacteria living in your mouth feast upon the sugars left on your teeth and they convert them into acids. These acids can eventually eat through your tooth’s enamel and create a cavity.
-If you do wind up eating something sweet, you can rinse your mouth out with water and brush your teeth after.

Dry Mouth
-Saliva can help to clean the food particles out of your mouth. If your saliva production is reduced, you might experience dry mouth and the food particles may remain to feed the bacteria and ultimately produce cavities.
-If you are in the midst of dry mouth, you can drink more fluids, like water, or chew on sugarless gum to promote saliva production.

If you live near Southport, North Carolina, and would like to make an appointment with Drs. Hemby or Williams, please call Southport Dental at 910-457-5026. Our team would be happy to help you to keep a smile you can be proud to share.