Everyone knows that with pregnancy comes many huge physical and biological changes. Did you know that your oral health changes too! It’s true, and it means that your dental needs and care will change as well.
What should you watch out for during your pregnancy?
With massive fluctuation of hormones it is common for women to experience red, puffy, gums to some degree. Some women even experience bleeding gums, sensitiveness and irritable inflammations to boot.
This is commonly known as “pregnancy gingivitis” and the best way to prevent it is to make sure that you are flossing and brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste, and ensure that you are seeing your dentist regularly.
Morning Sickness is not the most comforting thing to contend with during pregnancies, however be aware that the strong stomach acids that pass through your mouth when you vomit are extremely corrosive to your teeth. If not cleaned properly, these acids can damage teeth enamel and cause a lot of tooth decay. To help prevent excessive damage make sure you rinse your mouth out immediately after experiencing morning sickness prior to brushing your teeth and flossing.
What are the risks of having bad oral health while pregnant?
Studies have shown that there is a definite connection between poor oral health in expectant mothers and possible complications with the birth. These complications can include premature contractions for the mother, a premature birth, a low birth-weight for the baby, or infection in the newborn child. Gingivitis in pregnant women that is left untreated is the main culprit for these complications, as the bacteria in the mother’s mouth is swallowed and transferred to the baby through blood and the womb’s amniotic fluid.
Should I still go to the dentist while pregnant?
Definitely! This is a critical time in your life when your mouth and overall health will be changing dramatically. Be sure to schedule regular dental cleanings throughout your pregnancy for the health of your and your baby, and have your dentist keep an eye on your overall oral health.
Is it safe for me to have dental procedures done during pregnancy?
In general, routine and non-emergency procedures such as regular teeth cleanings can be performed and are highly recommended throughout pregnancy. Procedures that can be postponed, however, should usually be held off until after pregnancy so as to not cause unnecessary stress on the you and baby.
Your dental professionals will never perform procedures that could make you uncomfortable while pregnant, or that could cause any potential harm. So, obviously, the most crucial step is to notify your dentist when you discover that you’re pregnant, and before you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair.
Can I still receive dental x-rays during pregnancy?
The radiation emitted by dental x-rays is not high enough to actually affect a developing baby in the mother’s womb, so there is no need to worry. However, many expectant mothers still prefer not to have routine dental x-rays done, for comfort’s sake.
What if I don’t have a dentist?
Having a dentist that you feel comfortable with is essential, not just during your pregnancy, but throughout your life. If you are looking for a dentist that specialise in prenatal oral care, has a knack for working with nervous patients, please give us a call at Smiles Centre for your FREE DENTAL CONSULTATION.