Pregnancy and Dental Care

FAQs about Dental Care During Pregnancy How does pregnancy affect my oral health? It's a myth that a mother's teeth lose calcium during pregnancy, but you may experience some changes in your oral health. A surge in the hormones estrogen and progesterone correlates to an increase in plaque on your teeth. How does a build-up of plaque affect me? Plaque that's left on teeth can cause gingivitis (red, swollen, tender gums that are more likely to bleed). So-called "pregnancy gingivitis" affects most pregnant women to some degree, and generally begins in the second trimester. If you already have gingivitis, the condition is likely to worsen during pregnancy. Pregnant women are also at risk for developing pregnancy tumors (inflammatory, benign growths [...]