CONGRATULATIONS to all of our expecting mothers at East Ridge Dental! Being an expecting mother myself, I wanted to share some information with our readers on prenatal care and oral health.
Should I Go To The Dentist?
YES! If you are planning on becoming pregnant, visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and oral examination. It’s best to treat any tooth or gum concerns before becoming pregnant. Once pregnant, it is important to continue to visit your dentist for your routine cleaning and doctor’s exam. Women have an increased risk of developing gingivitis during pregnancy due to an increase in hormones levels which amplify the way the tissue responses to plaque.
Increased studies show a possible connection between gum disease and premature, underweight babies. Between visits, make sure to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth every day with floss or other interdental cleaners.
When pregnant, it is important to let your dentist know. Whether it is medications that need to be prescribed or treatment that needs to be scheduled, letting the doctor know in any changes in your health will always ensure you are getting the treatment that is right for you and your baby.
What About X-rays?
Dental x-rays, certain medications, and local anesthetic is safe to receive during pregnancy, but we would always recommend discussing treatment with your OBGYN first. We would also recommend to complete any dental work, such as fillings, during the second trimester. It is best to wait on all unnecessary dental procedures until after the baby is born, this would include cosmetic and whitening procedures.
What About Morning Sickness?
If you are experiencing morning sickness, it is important to rinse afterwards with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a cup of water to help neutralize the acids and stop them from attacking your teeth.
Remember to maintain a healthy diet during your pregnancy. Limit the amount of foods and drinks that are high in sugar and be sure to drink plenty of water and milk!
If your last visit was more than six months ago, or you have any dental concerns, be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Pregnancy is a time to smile. Congratulations!