after-pregnancyIt is a good idea to visit your dentist after you have given birth, especially if you are breastfeeding. Pregnancy takes a lot out of the system, including many essential minerals and vitamins that help make up your teeth. Your immune system will also be recovering from the burden of pregnancy and delivery, and there may be a proliferation of unwanted bacteria in your mouth. An assessment and hygiene treatment is a responsible step to take, once you are back on your feet and are ready to see a dentist.

Possible problems

Demineralization: You may see white splotches on your teeth, and some of your teeth may feel a bit thinner. This is because calcium and other minerals have been leached from your body, and some of the minerals were taken from your teeth. These areas are prone to becoming cavities, and are not a good sign.

What to do: You can take supplements that have folic acid, calcium, magnesium and vitamins to help regenerate the teeth. There are also gels and ointments that you can apply topically to the demineralised zones that can also help. These white splotches should disappear if the right nutrients are gotten to them. Dairy products, particularly cheese also have high concentrations of the needed minerals, and should be consumed.

Swelling or recession and bleeding of the gums: Your gums can swell or shrink during pregnancy. This is due to the immune reactions of the mouth to a heightened presence of bacteria. When bacteria are present in large quantities in the soft issues themselves, the gums swell up as part of the immune response from the immune system. When bacteria are present at the roots of the teeth, the gums try to shrink away from the pathogens, and this is also unhealthy.

What to do: If you experience swelling, recession or bleeding of the gums, you should book a hygiene treatment and deep cleaning session with your local dentist. The dentist can remove hidden or hard to reach accumulations of bacteria ridden plaque, and can clean the very roots of the teeth, removing bacterial build up that would be impossible at home. If you have a particularly severe case, you may need to go on a short course of antibiotics.

Micro cavities and pre-cavities: When cavities first form they are imperceptibly small. Cracks in the teeth that are naturally there are a place where cavitation begins, and spotting them can be tricky.
What to do: Go for a checkup even if your teeth feel fine. These micro cavities can be taken care of without drilling or anaesthetic, and are very easy to rectify, but can become full fledged tooth decay if they are not handled in time.

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