Why Expectant Mothers Should Never Skip Dentist

Why Expectant Mothers Should Never Skip the Dentist

If you are an expectant Mother you have a lot of on your plate, scheduling OBGYN appointments, changing your diet, baby-proofing your home and dealing with late night cravings followed by morning sickness. With all of this going on it can be easy to overlook your oral health, however dental care is not only important for you health, it is crucial for the health of your baby

How Pregnancy Affects Oral Health

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Changing hormones during a women’s pregnancy makes your gums more sensitive. This can lead to a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis”. If left untreated it can lead to more serious gum diseases.

Pregnancy Tumors

During pregnancy, some women develop noncancerous lumps, called “pregnancy tumors” on their gums that may bleed and cause discomfort. They usually disappear after birth, however occasionally they need to be removed.

Tooth Decay

Morning sickness can cause an excess of acid in the mouth, which erodes teeth over time.

Tips To Prevent Dental Health Problems During Pregnancy

  • If it has been more than 6 months since your last dental visit, or you have any oral health concerns, schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.
  • Inform your dentist that you are pregnant and what’s your due date.
  • If your current toothpaste is making you feel nauseous, switch toothpaste brands or change to a milder flavor.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, or more often if the bristles are frayed.
  • If you have morning sickness, immediately rinse with water

If you are expecting and have questions about oral health or need to make an appointment, feel free to contact Family SmileCare Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, today.

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