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22Dec2010

Your Teeth While Pregnant

TAKING ESPECIALLY GOOD CARE OF TEETH IS VITAL when you’re pregnant. Not only are there links between gum disease and premature or underweight babies, but pregnant women often have other oral health issues of their own during those important nine months.

While pregnant, women can experience more issues with gum problems and gingivitis. Because of the sudden hormone changes, the reaction of your gums (and the potential for gingivitis) is exaggerated. In addition, gums can be more easily irritated and sensitive, causing inflammation and/or bleeding.

Remember that although hormones change the outcome, and increase the likelihood of oral problems, plaque is still the underlying cause of most gingivitis issues. That means maintaining your careful oral care can significantly reduce potential problems—and constant attention better insures a healthy mouth during your pregnancy.

So, what can you best do to keep your oral health, and your baby’s health, during pregnancy? We recommend exactly what your doctor has been advising you about—eating healthy! Consuming foods high in sugar can cause plaque and gingivitis for anybody, but keep in mind the exaggerated issues that come from pregnancy.

Because gingivitis and gum problems can be accelerated, it is important to keep your scheduled dental checkups to be sure problems don’t arise. The very best time for these appointments is during your fourth thru sixth months of pregnancy because this window is an important time in the baby’s development. Also, due to added stress during the last trimester, it’s suggested that dental appointments be done sometime before then.

Everyone wants to stay healthy during their pregnancy to help ensure their baby’s health. Let us know if you have any concerns about your health during any part of your pregnancy. If you’d like to schedule a check-up let us know that you’re pregnant when you contact us so we can best assist you. Be comfortable in knowing that your oral health and your baby’s health are in the best hands.

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And, as always, thanks for being our valued patient. We hope you are enjoying this holiday season!

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