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Unfortunately, pregnancy can affect your smile in many ways. This is why our dentists, Drs. Gauri Mankame, Disha Mankame and Dipak Mankame, strongly encourage you to do all you can to keep your teeth, gums and oral health in tip-top shape. If you don’t, you can suffer the consequences. In fact, pregnancy can affect your smile by:

– Causing enamel erosion: This problem occurs when the acid in your vomit attacks the tooth enamel (the hard shell of your teeth) and weakens it. This can cause a weak smile and even fractured teeth. This is very common when you have morning sickness. When you vomit, it’s important to wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth.

– Causing pregnancy gingivitis: This problem involves red, swollen and tender gums that bleed often, like when you brush and floss your teeth and even when you eat. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which is a very serious and dangerous dental problem that should be treated immediately. You can treat it by visiting our office for a dental cleaning.

– Causing loose teeth: Estrogen and progesterone tend to loosen the ligaments and bones that hold your teeth in place, according to the Mayo Clinic. When these bones and ligaments loosen, the teeth become loose. It’s best to talk to your dentist about this issue. However, most symptoms disappear after the pregnancy.

Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth daily and attend your dental checkups every six months. You should also rinse your mouth with water after you vomit, watch what you eat and notify our dental team about your pregnancy each time you visit our office.

To learn more about oral health and pregnancy in Plantation, Florida, please contact Plantation Smile Care when you have the chance. All you need to do is dial 954-791-1630 and our dental team will be excited to help you, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to talking with you!