During pregnancy, many changes in your body occur, including in your teeth and gums.
When pregnant, your body increases its levels of certain hormones, like progesterone and estrogen. These can increase your risk for specific oral health problems by causing more blood flow to the teeth and gums.
As you may already have noticed, your eating habits may change. Talk about cravings! You may eat more of certain foods during pregnancy than you did before you were pregnant, especially foods higher in sugar and acid. These kinds of food you eat can negatively affect your dental health.
Due to nausea, tiredness, and sensitive gums, you may brush and floss your teeth less than you did before you got pregnant. Uncleaned teeth leave the opportunity for bacteria to form, creating dental issues down the road.