DURING PREGNANCY EVERY ASPECT OF A MOTHER’S HEALTH is given extra attention, and your teeth and gums are no different. Links have been found between gum disease and premature babies. In addition, pregnant women often have other oral health issues of their own to consider during those important nine months.
The fact is, during pregnancy women can often experience more issues with gingivitis and gum problems. Because of the radical hormone changes, your gums can have an exaggerated reaction, leading to a higher potential for gingivitis. In addition, gums can be more easily irritated, causing inflammation and/or bleeding.
Dr. Brei would have us remember… although hormones change the outcome and increase the potential for problems, plaque is still the underlying cause of most gingivitis problems. That means maintaining your careful oral care can significantly reduce potential problems—and constant attention better insures a healthy mouth during your pregnancy.
Keeping you and your baby healthy doesn’t take much extra effort beyond what you are already doing. One of the best things you can be doing is probably exactly the same as what your doctor has already been advising you about… Eat healthy! Consuming foods high in sugar can cause plaque and gingivitis for anybody, but the effects can easily be exaggerated during pregnancy.
Because gingivitis and gum problems can be accelerated during pregnancy, it’s important to keep your scheduled dental checkups to be sure problems don’t arise. If you are planning your dental visit with us, the recommended time is between your fourth thru sixth months of pregnancy. This window is an important time in the baby’s development—and because of added stress during the last trimester, it’s suggested that dental appointments be done before then.
Everyone wants to stay healthy during their pregnancy to help ensure their baby’s health. Let us know if you have any concerns about your health during any part of your pregnancy. When you schedule a check-up let us know about your pregnancy so we can best assist you. Be comfortable in knowing that your oral health and your baby’s health are in the best hands.
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