If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. This post from Decatur Smiles in Dactur AL contains important information about oral health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.
We recommend having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning completed by one of our dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often connected to hormonal changes.
The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.
If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, request an appointment today. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.
If you receive dental treatment at Decatur Smiles during your pregnancy, be sure to inform us that you are expecting. This will affect decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.
Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can cause cavities. If you are eating several small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you bypass sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.
Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. It is important that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific counsel for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.