Bad Breath During Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 17, 2012

Pregnancy is definitely a time to look forward to for any woman. However, there are many discomforts that you may have to undergo. Pregnancy is a time when women undergo major discomforts like morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, breast tenderness, and so on. To make things worse for some, there are women who suffer from bad breath during pregnancy.

The bad news here is that bad breath and pregnancy are directly related. Due to the fluctuating levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen, some women...

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...tend to have bad breath during pregnancy. The hormonal changes cause the formation of bacteria in the mouth which result in bad breath.

Besides this, during pregnancy there is a possibility that you may have lot of dental problems to deal with like plaque development, infections, gum related problems, and other dental issues. All these also contribute to bad breath during pregnancy. Very few pregnant women are aware that dental issues can also lead to tumors in the long term. Hence, they need to be addressed right at the start to avoid complications in the future.

Morning sickness is another culprit that causes bad breath in pregnancy. Due to the hormonal changes many women experience nausea that leads to vomiting. Vomiting has a characteristic bad odor as partly digested food and other particles are ejected from the body through the mouth. These smells cling to your mouth, thereby adding to bad breath in pregnancy.

In order to avoid pregnancy bad breath, it is important that you rinse your mouth often in order to eliminate the smell. Rinsing your mouth well with water will ensure that food particles are washed away and brushing your teeth thereafter will help you avoid the development of plaque.

However, while brushing your teeth, you need to be careful as the stomach acids may soften your teeth enamel. So if you brush hard, the enamel may chip which may lead to possible tooth decay, the main culprit behind bad breath.

In pregnancy, your digestive system slows down tremendously. As a result, the accumulated gas in the stomach is relieved through burping. These also contribute to bad breath.

In most cases, bad breath indicates an underlying dental problem. So it is always better to consult a good dentist and address the issue before it is too late. In fact it is a good idea to sort all dental issues well before you plan to have a baby.

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