Dry mouth during pregnancy is one of the most common oral disorders that occurs as a result of the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy. Dry mouth can also affect the throat. Having a dry feeling in the mouth and throat during pregnancy is very common but temporary and will disappear when the pregnancy is over.
Besides the lack of saliva, pregnancy can trigger, directly and indirectly, other oral problems such as gum infections (pregnancy gingivitis), tooth sensitivity and increased caries risk. Relieving dry mouth can help prevent the rest of mouth problems.
During pregnancy the same general tips for relieving dry mouth can be applied, but here are five more specific tips to keep in mind during gestation. [Read more…]