PREGNANT? KNOW SOMEONE WHOS PREGNANT? Theres plenty to think about during this time! But while youre picking out baby clothes and reading up on childcare philosophies, our team reminds you to remember the importance of your oral health.
Gum Disease Risk
Pregnancy brings a heightened level of hormonal activity which can lead to gum sensitivity and increased gum disease risk. And some studies have shown that gum disease could be linked to pre-term labor and other associated risks. The good news is that pregnancy doesnt cause gum diseaseplaque does. So keeping up your great oral habits helps keep you safe. Brush regularly, floss every day, and dont miss your regular dental checkups. If youre pregnant, an ideal time to schedule your check-up appointment is during your second trimesteryour pregnancy is stable, but not far enough along to risk any stress-induced problems.
Regular Checkups During Pregnancy
During regular checkups, your teeth and gums are more thoroughly cleaned than you can through brushing and flossing yourself. This is a major step in preventing periodontal disease. In the past, women were sometimes anxious about dental procedures during pregnancy. Typically, theres never an issue, but be sure to let our practiceand your general dentistknow youre expecting so that any appropriate adjustments can be made in your care.
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Other Special Concerns
- Morning Sickness: DONT brush your teeth right after being sick. Stomach acid makes your teeth softer and brushing can wear them down. Rinse out your mouth, and then wait a while before brushing.
- Dental Procedures That Cant Wait: If you need to have a more involved procedure performed while youre pregnant, be sure to (1) let us (and your general dentist) know youre pregnant; and (2) talk it over beforehand with your OB. We want to make sure there arent any special details we should know.
Did You Know?
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Were excited for you!
For more information about taking care of your oral health during pregnancy, check out these links from the ADA and Columbia University. And if you have questions, just ask us! You can also comment below, or send us a direct message on our Facebook page.