When you’re pregnant, all kinds of things in your body change, and some of these changes might take you by surprise. Many pregnant women experience dental problems at some point during pregnancy and postpartum period. If you are currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant soon, here is some information you need about your dental care during pregnancy.
Keep an Eye on Your Gums
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause your gums to swell and become inflamed, making proper brushing and flossing extremely important during pregnancy. Let your dentist know that you’re pregnant during your appointment so that he or she can carefully examine your gums for signs of early gingivitis, which is a form of gum disease. It’s possible for periodontitis to trigger premature labor and delivery, so it’s vitally important to be on top of this.
If you notice swelling, bleeding or tenderness and you aren’t scheduled for an appointment soon, give us a call so that we can get you in for an exam.
Schedule Work for the Second Trimester
If you are having pain or another problem, call us as soon as possible, and we’ll get you in to treat you safely, no matter what trimester you are in. For routine matters such as simple fillings or cleanings, however, it’s best to schedule work during the middle of your pregnancy, if possible.
By letting your hygienist or assistant know that you are pregnant, you can avoid unnecessary dental xrays during your pregnancy. Routine bitewings can simply be taken after you give birth. If you need a root canal or another procedure that requires xrays, you will wear a lead shield over your abdomen in order to protect your baby from the radiation
Talk to Your Dentist About Oral Hygiene Problems
Some women find that it’s difficult to brush their teeth in early pregnancy, because it causes gagging due to morning sickness. Also, vomiting can also wreak havoc on the teeth. If you are having these problems, let your dentist know so he or she can advise you on how to minimize damage while dealing with these parts of pregnancy.
Control Your Cravings
Finally, be aware of your diet during pregnancy. If you are craving and eating sweet or acidic foods, it’s particularly important to step up your brushing and flossing regimen. Some women get their first cavities during pregnancy, and the foods that they eat can be a contributing factor.
If you have concerns about your oral health during pregnancy or any time at all, please give us a call so we can treat any problems in their beginning stages. Remember, being a new mom does not mean that you should neglect your own dental needs, so call us for an appointment if you need one!