Pregnancy can be an exciting time of preparation and anticipation. Welcoming that new member into your family takes a lot of work – getting the nursery ready and getting yourself ready while those strong nesting instincts kick in to high gear.
In all the excitement, expectant mothers also need to pay close attention to their oral health. The usual brushing, flossing and professional dental cleanings and check-ups should always be on your to-do list, but may be more important than ever while pregnant. Studies suggest there may be a link between gum disease and premature births, as well as other pregnancy complications, so taking care of your dental health while pregnant is essential.
Higher progesterone levels during pregnancy also can cause swollen, bleeding gums. This hormonal increase can make your gums more prone to irritation from plaque which can lead to gingivitis. In fact, there is an old wives’ tale that says “you lose a tooth for every child.” This saying came about because of the harsh effects of pregnancy of dental health.
Here are the top 3 ways you can ensure a healthy mouth during pregnancy:
1. You can drastically reduce the risk of pregnancy gingivitis by cleaning your teeth regularly, paying close attention to the gumline (this may sound obvious, but more vigilance is definitely needed during pregnancy).
2. Schedule a dental cleaning appointment during your pregnancy. The second trimester is often the best time for this visit.
3. Substitute fresh fruit and vegetables for the processed goodies out there. This should be a no-brainer, but it bears repeating.
Pregnancy should be a joyful time for your family. Make sure your child gets the best start in life by taking care of your own health during this essential time. Please give our office a call if you have any questions regarding your dental health during pregnancy.