If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. Today’s post contains critical information about oral health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.
Dr. Mahoney recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning executed by one of the proficient dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prohibit gum problems that are often connected to hormonal changes.
The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease, preterm deliveries and low birth weight.
If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, request an appointment today by calling 855-416-4959. Once the baby is here, it will probably be more inconvenient for you to make time for a dental visit.
If you receive dental treatment during your pregnancy, be sure to inform us that you are expecting. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.
Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to dental caries. If you are eating multiple small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you bypass sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.
Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle affect your baby. It is critical that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific counsel for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.
At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS, we take special care of our patients who are expecting.
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