Can pregnancy cause dental problems?

Can pregnancy cause dental problems? – This is a question so many expecting mummy’s ask and it’s a great question. For all those women who are expecting their bundle of joy and experiencing dental issues, or for those who are trying, here is everything you need to know about dental problems and pregnancy.


Pregnancy is wonderful, yet for some it can be tough. Throw dental problems such as:

  • Sore gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Toothache

Bad Breath

Mouth sores and it may not be a very glamorous, joyful experience. These are the most common symptoms women experience when pregnant.


If you are expecting a baby and you start to notice dental issues, it can worrying. Pregnancy can cause some dental issues to surface for instance:

  • Pregnancy Tumor – (please don’t panic the name makes it sound scarier than it is). This is more common in the second trimester due to the hormonal changes. Pregnancy tumor is when an overgrowth of tissues appear in the gums. (it is not cancerous). It usually starts to improve after pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy Gingivitis – Swelling and inflammation of the gums due to the growth of bacteria on the teeth resulting in plaque. This irritates the gums, making them red, swollen and sensitive and even bleed. This is caused by the hormone changes the body is undergoing, this has an impact to the way the gums react to plaque buildup.
  • Increased Acidity – one of the joys of pregnancy is the probability to increased acid reflux and heartburn, put this along side some morning sickness and it will elevate the acid level in your mouth; which could erode your teeth. If you notice this, it is so important to maintain a proper dental hygiene. Along side brushes twice daily, regularly washing your mouth can help.

Acid Reflux


If you are experiencing any dental issues that you are concerned about while pregnant, the best cause for action is to visit your dentist. They can diagnose the issue and recommend the most  appropriate treatment.

Dentist check up while pregnant are extremely important and safe. Dental check ups can help you avoid any prolonged complications that may arise if your dental problems are left unattended.

If you do not have a dentist and feel you need to see one, Smile Centre offer a free meet and greet  appointment, alongside a fabulous Smile Plans to make private dentistry that enough more affordable, and for you to receive the dental treatment you deserve. If you want more information, please get in contact Contact Us with the Smiles team and let them start your dentistry journey.

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