The Importance of Dental Care During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a joyful time for many women across the nation. The anticipation of motherhood and the potential to give a child a better life abounds as each trimester passes. While the 9 months of pregnancy is filled with excitement, it can also be a time of anxiety, and it’s also a crucial time to ensure that your oral health is in better shape than ever before.
It’s essential that women make sure that they don’t have any infections that may affect the health of their baby. Research has shown that gum disease in mothers can have an impact on outcomes such as low birth weight and prematurity. Because hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy place women at a higher risk for gum disease, attention to oral health and proper dental care are paramount for positive delivery experiences.
It’s important for women to pay very close attention to changes in their mouth. Gums should be inspected regularly, and women should contact our office if tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs during any trimester. It’s also vital to avoid sugary foods and drinks during pregnancy to ensure that no additional problems creep in during the 9-month period.
While most serious dental treatments are put on hold during a pregnancy, it’s often best to make an appointment with a dentist to receive a checkup during the 1st trimester.
If you have any questions about how to care for your teeth during your pregnancy, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.
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