TAKING ESPECIALLY GOOD CARE OF YOUR TEETH BECOMES EXTRA important when you’re pregnant. Not only are there links between gum disease and premature or smaller babies, but pregnant women often have oral health issues of their own during those long nine months.
While pregnant, women experience more issues with gingivitis and gum problems. Because of hormone changes during pregnancy, the reaction of your gums, and the potential for gingivitis is exaggerated. In addition, gums can become more easily irritated, causing inflammation or bleeding.
Remember that although hormones change the outcome and increase the potential for problems, plaque is still the underlying cause for gingivitis. This means that maintaining proper oral care can significantly reduce any potential problems and constant attention can insure your healthy mouth through your pregnancy.
So, what can you do to keep YOUR oral health, AND your baby’s healthy, through pregnancy? One of the best things is EXACTLY what your obstetrician has probably already advised you about—eating healthy! Consuming foods that are high in sugar can cause plaque and gingivitis for anyone, but the effects can be exaggerated during pregnancy.
Because gingivitis and gum problems can be accelerated during pregnancy, it’s important to keep your regularly scheduled dental checkups to be sure problems don’t arise. The best time for these appointments is during your fourth to sixth months of pregnancy. This window is an important time in the baby’s development. Because of added stress during the last trimester, it is suggested that dental appointments be done before then.
Everyone wants to stay healthy during their pregnancy to help be sure their baby is healthy. Let us know if you have any other concerns about your oral health during any part of your pregnancy. If you’d like to schedule a check-up let us know that you are pregnant when you contact our office so we can best assist you. Feel comfort in knowing that your oral health and your baby’s health are in the very best hands.
And, as always, thanks for being our valued patient!