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from the Academy of General Dentistry

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Good Oral Health Is Essential During Pregnancy


Despite the fact that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child, only 22 to 34 percent of women in the United States visit a dentist during pregnancy.

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Menstruation, Pregnancy, Menopause and Teeth

Chapter: What to Expect

Early on, menstruation may cause swollen gums and mouth sores. Later in life, women going through menopause may experience oral problems like pain, burning sensation, altered taste, and dry mouth, as well as bone loss due to osteoporosis, a condition characterized by a decrease in bone mass with decreased density and enlargement of bone spaces.


Pregnant women frequently experience increased oral sensitivity and often suffer inflammation of the gums, or gingivitis, due to hormonal changes. Along with a strict oral hygiene routine, the patient should begin a personal and professional plaque control regimen to treat or prevent gingivitis.

"During pregnancy, women can expect to see changes in their mouth. Gingivitis is common, partly due to hormonal changes," says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Barbara J. Steinberg, DDS.
Reviewed: January 2012