Are you pregnant? Congratulations! Now, more than ever, it’s important to stay up on your dental health. It can affect not only your own health, but the health of your baby.
Plus, pregnancy can make you more susceptible to dental health issues. Your body produces hormones that can make you can increase your chances of gingivitis, loose teeth, and periodontal disease. You may experience pregnancy tumors, which thankfully are not cancer. They are lumps that form on swollen gums, usually in between teeth, and tend to bleed. They are usually caused by too much plaque. Often, they go away on their own following the birth, but may have to be removed surgically.
It’s a good idea to have a thorough teeth cleaning ideally before pregnancy or early in the pregnancy. This limits harmful bacteria in the mouth that could affect the fetus.
Let Us Know!
Always tell us if you are pregnant or trying. Routine dental work can be done during pregnancy. Urgent procedures can be done as well. We’ll probably put off any elective work until after the pregnancy to ensure the safety of your baby. We will also be more careful about the medications we prescribe and how they can affect your baby.
Tell your dentist about any specific medical advice given to you by your doctor. This may affect the approach to treatment.
If you are trying to get pregnant, it’s a good idea to get caught up on any dental work. This includes tooth cleaning, gum work, and checkup. Dental work before pregnancy can reduce the risk of premature birth.
X-Rays are Safe
Don’t worry about X-Ray exams during pregnancy. Though the procedure used to be considered risky, modern dental X Rays are very safe. The dentist will use a shield guard on your abdomen and thyroid to protect the baby.
The Importance of Regular Dental Care
Follow up on good oral hygiene while pregnant. Brush your teeth regularly, floss, and drink plenty of water.
If you experience morning sickness or throw up, always thoroughly rinse your mouth with water. The bile in your throat can be damaging to your teeth and cause cavities and other problems. It’s also a good idea to rinse your mouth with water between meals. Limit sweets. Be sure to eat a diet rich in calcium.