An uncomfortably dry mouth during pregnancy may not be the most talked-about symptom. However, a dry mouth is common and can accompany nausea and other pregnancy side-effects. And as with many side-effects at this time, you can blame it on your rapidly changing hormones.
According to the Australian Dental Association, the hormone shifts during pregnancy might reduce saliva production, leading to a dry mouth (xerostomia). This lack of saliva is not only uncomfortable, but it can also affect your oral health. Without enough saliva to wash away debris and control bacteria in your mouth, your teeth and gums are more susceptible to plaque buildup and cavities. Let’s take a look at how to relieve the dryness and take care of your mouth while pregnant.