Today’s post is for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Carrying a precious child can not only consume your time, but your attention as well. However, don’t forget your needs and your health during these critical months.
It’s important to understand that the multitude of changes your body experiences during pregnancy also impact the mouth. Changes in your hormonal balance are required for growing a new life, but they can also compromise your oral health during pregnancy. Your gums are especially susceptible. In fact, the American Dental Association has conducted studies that reveal a slightly increased risk of low birth weight and pre-term infants in mothers with periodontal disease.
In order to keep your smile healthy, it is optimal to visit your dentist before you are pregnant. If you are already pregnant but haven’t visited a dentist in a while, we encourage you to have an exam. Your dentist can check your teeth and gums and advise you if any changes to your dental hygiene routine are needed. If there are problems such as gingivitis, it’s a good idea to have your dentist monitor them throughout your pregnancy.
Any treatment—meaning care more invasive than an exam and cleaning–hopefully can wait until after your baby arrives. If you have a dental emergency that needs to be addressed before delivery, the best time is during the second trimester. Modern X-ray methods are extremely safe but should be avoided if possible throughout your pregnancy.
When you arrive for your exam, be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant. If your doctor has given you special instructions concerning your condition, let your dentist be aware of those recommendations. Additionally, give your dentist a list of all the medications and vitamins you are taking. Throughout your pregnancy, be sure to see your dentist right away if you notice any changes to your teeth or gums.
Remember, your diet significantly affects your baby’s health and development, as well as the condition of your teeth. A diet low in critical nutrients can impede your baby’s tooth and bone development. Meals and snacks high in sugar, especially when consumed frequently throughout the day, do not support your baby or your teeth. Make sure you get the recommended amounts of calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus.
If you are looking for an outstanding and compassionate family dentist in the Addison area, call The Addison Dentist at 469-998-2515. At The Addison Dentist, we provide trusted dental care and pamper our patients who are expecting.
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