Congratulations, you’re expecting!
Pregnancy is an amazing time; full of happiness and joy but sometimes all the changes flood our mind with questions and concerns. When it comes to your dental health we want to answer your most common questions and offer some encouragement. For starters, pregnancy does not ruin your teeth. Your developing baby will not “suck the calcium” out of your teeth. Let’s explore some more concerns that often pop up.
Should I avoid having my teeth cleaned while pregnant?
No, definitely do not avoid regular preventive dental hygiene visits. In fact, untreated gum disease can lead to premature labor. Removing plaque and bacteria from the teeth and under the gums reduces overall inflammation in the body, keeping mom and baby healthier. Some dental insurances will even cover an extra prophylaxis for pregnant women because they know the importance of preventive care.
My gums are bleeding more now that I’m pregnant. Is this normal?
Yes, it is very normal for your gums to bleed more during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis is a common condition caused by an increase of progesterone hormone levels. With increased hormones, bacteria levels can become unbalanced and cause inflammation in the gum tissue. The easiest way to combat pregnancy gingivitis is to maintain excellent oral hygiene at home. Brush 2-3 times a day with an electric tooth brush. Floss at least once a day. And rinse with an alcohol free mouthwash.
Will morning sickness erode my teeth?
Anytime there is increased acid in your mouth the pH will be lowered and dental erosion may occur. However, prevention is key. After you have had a bout of morning sickness it is vital that you do not brush your teeth right away. Brushing right after vomiting can etch the teeth causing permanent damage. Instead, swish with a mixture of baking soda (which is very alkaline) and water to neutralize the saliva. Then wait about a half hour to brush, floss and rinse your teeth. Never brush immediately after vomiting.
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*BEFORE PREGNANCY* Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined, and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy. *DURING PREGNANCY* Tell your dentist if you are pregnant. Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy. Any urgent procedure can be done, as well. All elective dental procedures, however, should be postponed until after the delivery. Dental X-rays can be done during pregnancy. Your dentist will use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby, such as shielding your abdomen and thyroid. Now more than any other time, regular periodontal (gum) exams are very important, because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily-a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with your dentist or periodontist as soon as possible. Follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce oral health problems. *COPING WITH MORNING SICKNESS* If morning sickness is keeping you from brushing your teeth, change to a bland tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. Rinse your mouth with water or a mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have bouts of frequent vomiting. *EATING RIGHT: Avoid sugary snacks. Sweet cravings are common during pregnancy. However, keep in mind that the more frequently you snack, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Healthy diets containing dairy products, cheese and yogurt are a good source of essential minerals and are good for baby's developing teeth, gums and bones. AFTER DELIVERY: If you experienced any gum problems during your pregnancy, see your dentist soon after delivery to have your entire mouth examined. #dentistry #dentalcareduringpregnancy #pregnancy #dentallife #holisticdentistry #wellness #ludhianadentist #drnirmalsinghsdentalcare #dentaleducation #healthcare #dentalblog #ludhiana #dentistcouple #odontologia #dentista #pregnancygingivitis #pregnancytips #thediaryofadentist
Is it safe to have dental work while pregnant?
Yes, it is safe to undergo dental procedures like fillings, orthodontics and even crowns. It is best to wait until the second trimester for major dental work, especially if a local anesthetic needs to be used. During the third trimester it may be uncomfortable to sit in the dental chair for longer periods of time.
We do want to stress the importance of clearance from your obstetrician before any dental x-rays, periodontal therapy, or elective dental treatment. We will work together to make sure you and your baby are healthy and comfortable throughout your pregnancy.