Pregnancy and Oral Care

Keeping up with your oral hygiene daily is important to your health, especially during pregnancy. This may sound over the top but it’s true: if you do not take proper care of your teeth, you may be putting your pregnancy at risk. There are instances of dental conditions affecting pregnancy. Read on to learn more as we take a closer look at dental care during pregnancy:

Dental Visits During Pregnancy
Did you know that poor dental habits during your pregnancy can lead to premature delivery? It is strongly recommended to visit your dentist regularly while you are pregnant. While some may feel as if they do not need to, visiting the dentist will ensure that your oral health is maintained. During pregnancy, it is important to inform your dentist of any medications or vitamins you may be taking. Certain procedures may be held off until the baby is born, but dental cleanings and cavity fillings can be done.

Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
During your pregnancy, you are more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay. Did you know that you can develop “pregnancy gingivitis?” If you encounter symptoms such as gum bleeding and tenderness, it is imperative that you visit us right away. A condition called “pregnancy tumors” can also form. This happens when gum tissues are built up by excessive dental plaque. But rest assured that these tumors are non-cancerous.

In addition, your chances of tooth decay are also increased. When you’re pregnant, your eating habits change and can take a toll on your teeth. Starchy and sugary foods can cause plaque and bacteria build up, which can eventually lead to cavities. Morning sickness is another cause of tooth decay due to the increased acid levels in your mouth wearing down the enamel. Taking care of your teeth is more important than ever at this stage of your life.

Keeping our patients healthy is our primary concern. If you experience any pain or tooth discomfort during your pregnancy, please be sure to contact us immediately. We hope this new journey in your life is filled with everlasting love, happiness, health, and lots of smiles!