December 14, 2017
You’ve got a lot to think about when you’re considering having a baby, like the perfect name, where to put their nursery, and of course what you can do to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy. Eating well and staying away from caffeine and alcohol are important — and, perhaps surprisingly, so is getting your teeth cleaned. Keep reading to find out how a visit to your dentist in Preston Center can help you and your baby stay healthy for a safe pregnancy and labor!
Pregnancy and Oral Health
Hormone fluctuations during pregnancy can have a serious effect on your periodontal health during pregnancy. It is not uncommon for women to experience what we call “pregnancy gingivitis,” which is the minor inflammation and redness of the gums. While this condition is usually mild and temporary, it can worsen to periodontal (gum) disease — which can have an impact the growing baby as well. Pregnant women who have gum disease are more likely to go into labor early and report lower birth weights as well.
Certain cravings that are common in pregnancy — like for sweets — can affect mom’s oral health, too. Stomach acids that appear due to morning sickness may also cause damage to the tooth enamel. Staying in touch with your dentist can help to ensure that your teeth stay healthy all throughout your pregnancy and into your little one’s first year of life.
Keeping You Safe at the Dentist’s
It’s a good idea to schedule a checkup and cleaning with your dentist either when you are trying to conceive or during the first few months of your pregnancy — or both, if you experience pregnancy gingivitis or other issues that just don’t seem quite right. Not only is it completely safe to visit the dentist during pregnancy, but not doing so could potentially present serious problems. Your Preston Center dentist takes extra care during pregnancy, limiting the use of X-rays and holding off on any treatment that is not urgent for your oral health. During this visit, we will clean your teeth and do what we can to set you up for solid oral health going into one of the most exciting times of life!
You will have a lot going on after your new baby arrives, and it can be easy to let your oral hygiene slip in the face of late night feedings, family visits, and everything else you will be adjusting to. However, it is as important as ever to brush, floss, and visit your dentist. Once you get a moment to breathe, take a few moments to schedule a checkup and cleaning. We can make sure you made it through pregnancy without developing any oral health issues. If we’ve been holding off on any procedure, it may also be the best time to get started.
Now that you know a little bit about the importance of visiting your dentist during pregnancy, we encourage you to schedule an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Allison Fowler is a general dentist providing comprehensive dental care for families and friends around Park Cities. To learn more about her safe, comprehensive approach or to schedule an appointment for high quality dental care, we invite you to schedule an appointment at 214-368-0018.
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