One thing that people don’t often talk about regarding mom and baby health is dental care during pregnancy, but there are many reasons why you should take oral hygiene very seriously when you’re pregnant. If you’re pregnant now or are trying to have a baby, here are all the tips you need to know to care for your oral health during pregnancy.
Pregnancy transforms your body. One huge shift comes in the form of hormonal changes, and this can make you more vulnerable to gum disease. In fact, swollen gums during pregnancy are such a common problem that it has its own name: pregnancy gingivitis. This condition is identified by gums that are sensitive, swollen, and prone to bleeding. Unfortunately, hormonal changes during pregnancy and gingivitis can also make you more prone to infections and periodontitis, which is a gum disease that can actually increase your risk of giving birth prematurely.
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One of the most important things you can do to take care of your mouth when you’re pregnant is flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day. If you’re experiencing morning sickness, then brush your teeth afterward to remove any leftover acid from your mouth. If you’re having trouble with pregnancy gingivitis and infections, then try using an antimicrobial mouth rinse as well. You should drink plenty of fresh water, and change your toothbrush every three months. If your teeth and gums are sensitive, switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush.
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Proactive oral care is an excellent idea if you’re trying for a baby, so it’s good to schedule a checkup and cleaning now. Dr. Roberts can examine your teeth, give you a professional cleaning and make sure your teeth and gums are in tip-top shape for your pregnancy. The experienced family dentistry team at Adams Dental Group will also talk to you about other measures to ensure good oral health when you do get pregnant. If you’re pregnant already, it’s still a good idea to schedule a cleaning, especially if you’re in your second trimester, which is when you’re most vulnerable to pregnancy gingivitis.
Today’s X-ray technology is much safer than in the past, and there are special bibs you can wear to protect your baby, but it’s generally wise to avoid unnecessary X-rays until after the birth of your child. Similarly, elective procedures and non-emergency dental work can be left until the baby comes, as this will prevent unnecessary stress on your body and baby.
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Being pregnant means exciting changes are on the way for you and your family, and if you want to ensure a healthy start for your baby, take care of your teeth while you’re pregnant. Along with ensuring your health and the health of your baby, good oral care will also help to prevent dental discomfort while you’re pregnant. And if you’re pregnant now or trying for a baby, then schedule your appointment with Dr. Roberts at Adams Dental Group family dentistry today.
Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry in Kansas City, KS. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. Dental health awareness is an important aspect of our patient education. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 or our East location (913) 621-3113 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Travis A. Roberts, DDS September 4th, 2018