|Dentistry for Moms-To-Be!
Pregnancy is filled with exciting changes to your body, and your mouth is no exception. Changes in hormone levels during
pregnancy increase the potential for dental problems, emphasizing the importance of proper and sometimes extra-ordinary oral
Pregnancy Gingivitis is the most common of the dental concerns during a pregnancy. This form of Gingivitis is most prevalent
between the second and eighth month of pregnancy. The symptoms associated with Pregnancy Gingivitis include: gums that are
red, swollen, tender, or bleeding during brushing and flossing.
What can you do to decrease your risk?
We recommend more frequent visits to our office for cleanings and examinations during your pregnancy. You should also:
If you experience morning sickness, rinse with water or a mouth wash immediately. Stomach acid that stays in contact with your
teeth increases the risk of tooth decay.
- Brush your teeth and tongue after every meal.
- Floss in the morning and again before bed.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Ensuring proper oral health is also healthy for your baby:
Studies suggest severe periodontal disease may increase the risk of
having a low-birth weight baby due to pre-term deliveries. Your nutritional choices also play a huge role in the development of
your child's teeth even during your pregnancy. We would be pleased to discuss your child's oral development both before and
after birth during your next visit.
Added dental visit precautions you should take:
Let us know that you are pregnant. This will allow us to pay special attention to
potential conditions such as Pregnancy Gingivitis and Pregnancy Tumours that need attention. We will also take special
measures to put off X-Rays and medication that can wait and provide appropriate precautions when they are necessary.
If you have any dental-related questions during your pregnancy, please feel free to contact our office.