Emily Hahn, DDS

If you’re pregnant and feel like you’re suddenly experiencing your first-ever cavity, you’re not alone. No, the baby you’re growing isn’t stealing away the minerals you need to keep your teeth healthy, but there are other reasons why pregnant women might be more likely to get cavities. Emily Hahn, DDS, a board-certified pediatric dentist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital talks about three aspects of pregnancy that can affect your teeth.

  • Morning sickness can be a factor. Frequent vomiting can damage your teeth because vomit coats your mouth with acid. Don’t brush your teeth right after you throw up as brushing can spread the acid around. Instead, you should rinse with water.
  • Increased hormone levels can cause your gums to swell. Swollen gums are likely to bleed more and can trap plaque on your teeth.
  • Frequent snacking can lead to cavities. When pregnant, you may experience food cravings and eat more often to satisfy the craving.

Pregnancy does some crazy stuff to our bodies, and, unfortunately, your mouth is probably not going to go unscathed. The recommendation is to visit your dentist during the second trimester. If you have questions about your pregnancy, reach out to your ob/gyn or prenatal provider for more information. If you need a provider, find the right one for you.


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