Pregnancy and Oral Health

Pregnancy: Crucial Period for Dental Check-up

Even if you happened to be pregnant this time, don’t let your condition prevent you from seeing your dentist. Getting a checkup during pregnancy is safe and important for your dental health. Before your baby is born, you can take care of cleanings and procedures like cavity fillings, and your dentist can also help you with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms.

The ADA, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all encourage women to get dental care while pregnant. It is a crucial period of time in a woman’s life to maintain oral health which is directly related to good overall health.

Good Oral Hygiene during Pregnancy

What might be a pregnant woman’s concerns be when it comes to her oral health? Firstly, a visit to the dentist can float a variety of issues a pregnant mom ought to be aware of while she’s with baby. Many women make it nine months with no dental discomfort, but pregnancy can make some conditions worse, or create new ones. A dental check-up comes in useful.

Due to hormonal changes, you can develop pregnancy gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Gums may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent the inflammation.

You can increase your risk of tooth decay. Pregnancy can make you more prone to cavities If you’re eating more carbohydrates than usual. Morning sickness can increase the amount of acid your mouth is exposed to, which can thin your tooth enamel.

You may be poorly disposed to good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing can be neglected due to morning sickness, a sensitive gag reflex, tender gums, and exhaustion. It’s especially important to keep up your routine, as poor habits during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
Other concerns for the pregnant mom are, in absolutely necessary situations, medications for procedures, local anesthetics for treatment, and dental x-rays, which should be at minimum and effective levels.

We Welcome our Lovely Pregnant Patients at our Downtown Seattle Location

Over in Downtown Seattle, our pregnant patient’s well-being as well as her baby’s are top concerns. Pregnancy is crucial time for any woman to have a dental check-up as oral health is directly linked to general well-being.