Benefits of Regular Visits to Us Even While Pregnant
Posted on 2/8/2021 by Brandon Cooley
When some of our patients get pregnant, they may skip seeing us regularly because of certain concerns, such as x-ray radiation or conflicting medications. However, organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics encourage getting dental care while pregnant. Let us know about your pregnancy - the medicines you are currently taking, and if you are at a high risk. If your pregnancy is high-risk, we may suggest that some dental treatments be postponed.
Why You Need to Make a Dental Appointment
It is always a good idea to see us, even while pregnant because pregnancy can lead to some dental health concerns you would not experience otherwise. For example, some pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis due to the hormonal changes in their body. The gums become inflamed and swollen and may bleed a little when they are flossed or brushed. If you don't have the condition treated while pregnant, it can lead to a more serious form of periodontal disease. To prevent this from occurring, we may increase your professional cleanings until you give birth.
Why Pregnant Women May Be More Prone to Cavities
Pregnancy may also increase the risk for dental decay. For example, women who are pregnant frequently eat more carbs, which can trigger the formation of cavities. Morning sickness can also influence dental health. That is because throwing up can increase the acid content in the mouth. In turn, the acid eats away at the dental enamel and causes cavities. Therefore, whether or not you are pregnant, you still need to brush twice a day and floss at least once daily. Pregnant women often avoid brushing because their gag reflex is stronger. However, following a regular oral health routine will help you avoid future dental problems as well as health concerns, such as premature delivery, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes. Rely on us to check your gums and teeth, as well, for pregnancy-related conditions, such as pregnancy tumors (or swellings between teeth) - something that ends after a baby is born.
Let us be your dental provider during your pregnancy. Give us a call today for an exam and professional cleaning.
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