Congratulations!!! This is a very exciting and beautiful time in your life!!! There is so much on your mind during pregnancy but don’t forget about your teeth and gums. All the changing hormones during pregnancy can cause and worsen dental problems. Brushing and flossing directly correlates to your overall health. If your mouth is healthy, it’s more likely that your baby’s mouth will be healthy. It’s important to continue to see us during pregnancy for oral examinations and professional teeth cleanings to make notes of any possible changes. Good daily care is vital. Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
PREGNANCY GINGIVITIS: Your mouth can be affected by the hormonal changes during pregnancy. For example, a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis” is very common. It is an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. X-RAYS It’s possible you’ll need an X-ray if you suffer a dental emergency or need a dental problem diagnosed. Although, radiation from dental X-rays is extremely low, we will cover you with a leaded apron that minimizes exposure to the abdomen. Your dental office will also cover your throat with a leaded thyroid collar to protect the thyroid from radiation. It is scientifically noted that over 90% of your baby’s oral bacteria comes from mom. Your healthy mouth means your baby’s healthier mouth. Make your appointment today!!!