Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pregnancy + Dentistry

Once a woman finds out that she's pregnant all these health facts and concerns are bombarded at her to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Often times her oral health gets pushed aside or ignored. Remember ladies: your oral health effects not just you but your baby during your pregnancy!! 

If you are trying to get pregnant...

Make a dental appointment! (Sounds crazy but hear us out!) By seeing your dentist for a routine exam he or she can detect any serious dental problems or infections that should be taken care of before you become pregnant. Untreated tooth and/or gum problems can lead to an increased risk of giving birth to a preterm, low-birth-weight baby!

Congratulations! You're Expecting! 

A lot of changes are going to be happening physically and emotionally for you. Here's what you can expect to happen to your gums: 

More occurrences of gingivitis!! The hormonal changes that your body undergoes during pregnancy do effect your gums. Some women find that they are experiencing inflamed, bleeding and sore gums associated with gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis will lead to a more serious condition call periodontitis and result in tooth loss. 

  • Good oral habits to keep in mind when pregnant...
    • Start (or continue) to brush, floss, & use an antiseptic mouthwash regularly.
    • Keep up with all routine dental check-ups. 
    • If you need to have a dental procedure, get a clearance from your gynecologist. 
    • When you feel a pregnancy craving coming on try to opt for the healthier snacks. If you can't and you just have to have something with chocolate, floss and brush your teeth immediately after. 
    • If you are suffering from the dreaded morning sickness and are vomiting pretty regularly, minimize enamel erosion from your stomach acid by frequently rinsing your mouth with water.
Keep up with these oral habits and the ones recommended by your dentist and you should have healthy teeth not just during your pregnancy but for the rest of your life!

Have a baby or young child already and have some questions about pediatric dentistry? Check out our previous blog post on kids & the dentist.

If you would like to make an appointment with our office please give us a call!


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