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Did you know that pregnancy can actually affect your teeth? With your hormone levels changing, your dietary habits may also change. Hormones and habits changing can also lead to dental problems developing in your mouth. Today, we will give advice for those who suffer from tooth sensitivity, cavities and dry mouth.

If you have experienced discomfort after eating certain kinds of food, you might want to avoid those foods all together. In most instances, these “trigger foods” should stop being triggers after your baby is born. Similarly, temperature related sensitivity should also resolve soon after.

Women commonly experience cravings during their pregnancy, but you may want to limit your sweets. Sugar can feed the bacteria naturally found in your mouth, which they could convert into acids. The acids could potentially eat through the enamel of your teeth and lead to cavities. If the craving proves too strong to resist, you could rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth well afterwards.

Some women may suffer from dry mouth during their pregnancy, which can increase their risk for tooth decay and infections. If you have a dry mouth, you might try drinking more water and chewing on sugarless gum to promote saliva production. Saliva helps to naturally cleanse the mouth of food particles. Without an adequate supply of saliva to clean the mouth, the food particles may be feeding the bacteria and allowing cavities to form.

If you want more information on how pregnancy can affect your dental health, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Drs. Hawkins, Smith and Hassinger, please contact Hawkins Dental Group at 806-353-4361. We would be thrilled to help you retain your healthy smile in our Amarillo, Texas, office.