Dental Health During Pregnancy
Visiting your dentist for a regular dental check-up and getting some dental procedures like cleaning or filling recommended by your dentist is safe and important for your dental health before your baby is born. According to American Dental Association “The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agrees that procedures like cavity fillings and crowns are safe and important to have during pregnancy to prevent potential infection”. Visiting your dentist during pregnancy can help your dentist identify and check any pregnancy associated dental issues you might be experiencing such as:
Gingivitis While Pregnant-An inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness, your gums may slightly bleed when you brush or floss. If it’s left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. Your dentist may recommend cleanings during your second trimester and early third trimester to help control gingivitis.
Increased Risk of Tooth Decay-Pregnant women are prone to cavities for a number of reasons. Eating more carbohydrates than usual and morning sickness may possibly increase acid in your mouth which can eat away your tooth enamel.
Pregnancy Tumors-In some pregnant women they experience overgrowth of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” which appears on the gums. Typically during the second trimester, however it’s not cancer but rather a swelling that happens most often between teeth. They may be linked to excess plaque build-up. They bleed easily and have a red, raw-looking raspberry-like appearance. And usually disappear after your baby has been delivered, but then if you are concerned, talk to your dentist.
Always let your dentist know what month you are in when you make your appointment, any medications you are taking or if you receive special advice from your physician. If you are a high-risk pregnancy or you have some other medical conditions or having special advice from your physician, always inform your dentist beforehand in that case your dentist will do precautionary measures and may recommend some treatments be postponed. Maintain your good oral hygiene during pregnancy by brushing your teeth twice a day, floss in between your teeth once a day, eat a healthy and balanced diet and visit your dentist for a regular check-up.Leave a reply →
Thank you for mentioning that when scheduling an appointment, you should always inform your dentist of the month you are in, any drugs you are taking, and any special instructions from your doctor. My sister has a problem with her gums swelling when pregnant. I’ll advise her to schedule a dental appointment and inform her dentist of any medications she’s taking.Reply →