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Going to the dentist during pregnancy for your regular dental checkups has different treatment requirements. Pregnancy changes your hormone levels and as a result, you become a higher risk patient for oral health issues.
Should you avoid going to the dentist while pregnant? Are you afraid of putting your unborn baby through stress while the dentist works on your teeth? Stop listening to old wives’ tales telling you to stay away from the dentist for 9 months. Regular dental visits are great for you and your baby.
Pregnancy is the most crucial time for you to get an oral exam. Why? Your hormonal changes can increase the incidence of periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease? A bacterial infection that forms in your mouth. In an effort to get rid of this disease, your immune system’s cells release substances that result in inflammation and deterioration of your gums. Bleeding and swollen gums are signs of pregnancy gingivitis. The advanced stage of the disease, severe periodontitis, can cause loss of teeth and have an effect on your unborn child.
Studies have shown that the imbalance of proteins in your immune system with periodontal disease can result in inflammation within the body. Preterm labour can be triggered by this inflammation putting your child at risk for health problems including cerebral palsy.
Regular visits to your dentist can help you avoid periodontal disease. Oral exams let the dentist identify problem areas of your teeth and gums before you encounter bacterial infections. With proper care and monitoring of your oral hygiene, you’ll breeze through pregnancy with a smile. Dental checkups are important, now more than ever.
Your dentist may recommend more frequent dental checkups during pregnancy. Higher risk of oral health issues means you need to be proactive. If you experience morning sickness, the acid in your vomit can deteriorate your teeth increasing the risk of tooth decay or cavities.
Brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting may scratch your tooth enamel. Your stomach acids cover your teeth and the vigorous brushing will only harm them even more if done so immediately after you throw up. Be sure to rinse your mouth with a fluoridated mouthwash to help flush away any toxic fluids.
Pregnancy often leads to food cravings. Sugary, salty and acidic foods are great for filling that taste desire but are not so wonderful for your teeth. Be aware that every time you chow down on your favourite craving you are opening your teeth up to decay. How can you avoid dental issues when growing that miracle inside you?
Visit your dentist so he/she can recommend the best solutions for brushing and flossing while pregnant. Make sure you tell your dentist if you are experiencing any unusual bleeding or discomfort in your mouth. Regular dental cleanings help you keep a great oral hygiene routine during this important time in your life.
Your dentist can discover early signs of decay and gingivitis during a professional cleaning. Staying healthy is key to the development of your unborn child. Did you know that your unborn child’s teeth are forming during the third to sixth month of pregnancy? Help their development by staying healthy with regular dental checkups.
You don’t have to succumb to the old wives’ tale of “gain a child, lose a tooth”. Keep all your teeth in great shape by visiting your dentist regularly during your pregnancy term. You are caring for you and your baby’s teeth.