Pregnancy and Dental Concerns
Dental Concerns in Pregnancy
Good oral health is very important during pregnancy. In addition to brushing and flossing daily, expectant mothers should continue to visit the dentist for regular exams and professional cleanings. A soft toothbrush may help with gum sensitivity that often comes with pregnancy.
Why is dental care in pregnancy necessary?
During pregnancy, you are more likely to have problems with your teeth or gums because of hormonal changes and morning sickness. If you have an infection in your teeth or gums, the chance of your baby being born early or having low birth weight may be slightly higher.
Why are pregnant women more at risk for periodontal disease?
During pregnancy, changes in hormone levels allow bacteria to grow in the mouth and gums more easily, causing gingivitis and periodontal disease. In addition, pregnant women may have nausea and vomiting. Stomach acids from vomiting can break down the enamel coating of the teeth, causing tooth decay and possible infection.
Is it safe to have dental appointments in pregnancy?
Yes, dental care is safe during pregnancy and essential for the health of mom and baby. Routine x-rays should be avoided, but may be necessary if there is a problem or an emergency. A standard-issue lead apron will protect you and your baby. Dental work can be done safely at any point in pregnancy.
What should I discuss with Dr. Walters?
Make sure he knows that you are pregnant. If medications for infection or pain are needed, he can prescribe ones that are safe for you and baby. Also, tell him about any changes you have noticed in your teeth or mouth since you became pregnant, and about any medications or supplements you are taking.
Dr. Walters and his team are happy to help moms-to-be maintain a healthy smile during their pregnancy! Call us to schedule your cleaning and exam: 614-662-2082