How Pregnancy affects your teeth and gums

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase your susceptibility to developing gum disease. Here are some important things to keep in mind before, during and after pregnancy.

Before you get pregnant

preg-dentIf you are planning a pregnancy it is important to see your dentist for a professional clean and an oral health check. This way any problems you may have with your teeth can be treated in advance and prevent any major issues during the course of your pregnancy.

At Redcliffe Smiles, we will always endeavour to ensure that your oral health is in optimal condition before planning your pregnancy.

During Pregnancy

 It is still important to continue your routine maintenance visits, which can be performed at any point during your pregnancy.

Make sure to inform your dentist that you are pregnant. Provide a list of any medications, supplements or prenatal vitamins as well as the dosage that you are taking and any specific medical advice your doctor or obstetrician has given you. We may need to slightly alter your treatment plan based on this information.

Emergency procedures are still undertaken during pregnancy, to minimise the risk of transmission of infections to your baby. However, elective treatment is generally postponed until after delivery. There are nevertheless exceptions to this, feel free to get in contact with us if you have any questions.

You are still able to get dental x-rays during pregnancy. At Redcliffe Smiles, we will venture to minimise the use of dental X-Rays, especially whilst pregnant and use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby. Our Surgery uses very low dose modern dental imaging technology, that exposes you to about 1/10 of the radiation of the traditional film X-rays.

Make sure you don’t skip your regular check-up because you are pregnant! They are even more important than usual, as the hormonal changes during pregnancy can put you at an increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease. It is not uncommon that a condition called pregnancy gingivitis can affect you during this time.

It is important that you pay particular attention to any changes in your gums during this time. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team if you are unsure of anything.

Morning Sickness

If you are unable to brush your teeth throughout the day, then it is recommended to change to a bland tasting toothpaste, ask your dentist what they recommend. It is also good to rinse your mouth with water or a mouth rinse after vomiting to help wash away the acid on your teeth.


We all know cravings can be a pain during pregnancy but it’s good to avoid sugary snacks. The more frequently you snack, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay. A healthy, balanced diet is the key, as your baby’s first teeth begin to develop about three months into the pregnancy. Diets containing dairy products, cheese and yoghurt are a good source of these essential minerals and are good for babies developing teeth, gums and bones.

After Birth

If you experienced any dental problems during your pregnancy that haven’t been attended to or remain outstanding, see your dentist soon as possible after delivery. At Redcliffe Smiles, we want nothing more than for you to be able to keep your smile for life.