Dental care is safe during pregnancy and is important for the health of you and your baby. Studies show that pregnant women with gum disease have an increased risk of delivering prematurely. To insure the health of you and your baby, schedule an appointment to visit your dentist during the second trimester of pregnancy.
Why is dental care during pregnancy important?
During pregnancy, regular periodontal (gum) exams are very important because you are more likely to have problems with your teeth or gums. Changes in hormone levels allow bacteria to grow in the mouth and gums more easily. These changes can put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily – a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.
Pre Visit Check List:
Make sure your dentist knows that you are pregnant. If medications for infection or for pain are needed, your dentist can prescribe ones that are safe for you and your baby.
Tell your dentist about any changes you have noticed since you became pregnant and about any medications or supplements you are taking.
Routine x-rays should be avoided in pregnancy, but it may be necessary if there is a problem or an emergency. Your body should be covered with a lead apron to protect you and your baby.
Dental work can be done safely at any point in pregnancy. If possible, it is best to delay treatments and procedures until after the first trimester.
Improve Your Dental Health in Between Check-Ups
Brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day and floss daily.
Rinse your mouth with water after eating, or chew xylitol-containing gum to help reduce bacteria growth.
Replace your toothbrush every few months.
If you experience morning sickness rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda to protect the lining of your teeth from stomach acid.
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