The Importance of Dental Care During Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, there are a million things that go through your mind and there is a whole new world of rules and regulations soon-to-be-moms need to follow in order to have the best chances at a happy and healthy baby. You’ll see your doctor on a regular basis, but don’t forget about your dentist too. It’s important that you keep up with dental care when you’re pregnant as it can have an impact on the baby.

Pregnancy and Your Teeth

Pregnancy hormones cause many changes in your body and some of those changes can impact your teeth. The increased hormones can cause your body to retain more water including your gums. This can lead to painful and swollen gums, bleeding and bad breath.

You’re eating more food because you’re eating for two now and that means more plaque and food particles in your mouth, which can lead to tooth decay. Morning sickness can lead to loss of enamel from stomach acid and also lead to tooth decay during pregnancy.

You can combat much of these through regular brushing and flossing. When it comes to morning sickness, don’t brush your teeth right after. Instead, rinse your mouth with water to help neutralize the acid.

Regular Dental Visits During Pregnancy

Many women choose to avoid dentists during their pregnancy. They’re already seeing doctors all the time. They are afraid of what a dental visit may do to the baby, etc. It’s usually a good idea to stay away from dentists in the first and third trimester, just to be on the safe side. The baby is forming in the first trimester and you’ll likely be unable to be comfortable on your back for a dental visit in the last trimester.

With the changes in your hormones, you’re more likely to develop oral infections and other problems. In fact, gum disease has been linked to gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight. Many dental procedures from cavity fillings to root canals can be performed during pregnancy. If you need a dental procedure, but you’re pregnant, then contact us and we can discuss any safety concerns.

Emergency Dental Procedures

Sometimes during pregnancy emergencies happen and they need to be taken care of soon after. If you break or lose a tooth or some other dental emergency, don’t hesitate and contact a dentist. Your wellbeing matters to your baby. The more stress you are under, the more stress the baby is under.

If you have a toothache that won’t go away or other dental problem, don’t just ignore it. If you’re in constant pain or worry, then that’s going to impact your baby. Dentists understand the restrictions and will help you however they can.

If you’re pregnant and want to know more about how it can impact your teeth and your baby, feel free to contact us today.