Mouth Problems

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause gums to thicken and soften, which may lead to tooth and gum problems. Inflamed, sore, and bleeding gums, blisters on the lips, unusual taste sensation, and or loose or aching teeth are common in the first half of pregnancy.

Tips on coping with mouth problems:

- Brush your teeth twice daily, using short strokes from to tooth edge
- Floss daily
- Have regular dental check ups

Diet and Nutrition

- eat a varied diet that included plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
- chew food thoroughly
- eat foods that are good sources of calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin D
- restrict intake of foods that inhibit calcium, such as, coffee, soft drinks, refined sugars, alcohol

Complementary Treatments

Western Herbalism
- for sore or bleeding gums make an infusion with 2tsp of chamomile, or use a tea bag. Steep for 15 minutes in boiled water, sip through out the day and swish around in mouth.
- For cold sores, apply fresh lemon balm leaves to the affected areas of the lips

Homeopathy

- for bad breath and soft gums, Merc. Sol. 6c
- for red inflamed and swollen gums, Kreosotum 6c
- for bleeding gums, Phosphorus 6c
- for cold sores, natrum mur. 6c