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The Truth About Pregnancy and Teeth
Most people know that pregnancy alters hormonal levels over the course of the nine-month period. But did you know that changing levels of estrogen can cause oral health problems?

Gingival inflammation occurs more frequently when progesterone and estrogen levels are high. It can begin as early as the second month of pregnancy and worsen in the late stages until hormone levels begin to drop.

The immune system, too, can respond differently during pregnancy. And because bacterial levels in the gums can increase with hormonal change, it means there is more opportunity for plaque and decay to establish a hold.

Morning sickness brings up stomach acid which can linger on the teeth. Acid causes erosion of tooth enamel. So it's important to keep the mouth cleansed frequently during this stage of pregnancy to neutralize the acid's effects.

A lump known as an epulis is so commonly linked to pregnancy that it is referred to as a pregnancy epulis. It's a growth in the mouth that is not dangerous and may disappear by itself. If not, it can be surgically removed. Similarly, a granuloma or pregnancy tumor, can occur, resulting from chronic irritation or injury.

What can you do to take extra care of your teeth during pregnancy? Follow these helpful suggestions:

1. Postpone certain procedures that could create issues for your unborn child. Don't worry, we can advise you on the timing and selection of treatments to keep both you and your baby safe.

2. Reduce snacking on sugary snacks and focus on good nutrition including calcium-rich items such as milk, cheese, and yogurt.

3. Adhere to an oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing and rinsing the mouth on a frequent basis. Avoid swallowing mouthwash.

4. Get a checkup early in your pregnancy so we can advise you on proper care of your teeth and gums and issues to watch out for.
Coffee Stains More Than Your Shirt
You may drink a cup of coffee to jump-start your day, but that could lead to more frowning than smiling in the long-run. It is a known fact that coffee can stain the teeth.

If you are a coffee-drinker, you can expect the pigments in the dark-colored beverage to leave yellow stains on your teeth. These stains can become permanent.

You do not have to take coffee off of your daily consumption menu, but you do need to limit the amounts of coffee you drink to prevent tooth discoloration.

Even stains from years of coffee consumption can be reversed with dental whitening (bleaching). Remember that each time you use your bleaching gel you should avoid coffee and other pigmented foods for several hours. Keep smiling!

Pollen is a Pain
The seasons are changing, and flowers are blooming. When plants bloom, the pollen arrives. Pollen can have a negative affect on your teeth. This condition is known as allergic rhinitis, and it can cause your teeth to hurt when you are doing the simplest tasks, such as walking down the stairs or tipping your head forward.

If you are suffering from allergic rhinitis, decongestants will tend to "dry-up" the secretions that cause the annoying pressure. Alternatively, an expectorant (like Robitussin) will thin the secretions and keep them moving until the rhinitis has run its course. Use Ibuprofen for discomfort as needed. As always, remember to get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water.
Dr. Layer and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC | www.layerdental.com | 541-734-0970
1485 East McAndrews Rd., Medford, OR 97504



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