Why Your Dental Health is Important During Pregnancy

Feb 03, 2017

Among other changes, pregnancy changes this. Expecting a baby quickly reminds you that you’re taking care of someone in addition to yourself.

A lot matters during each term when you’re expecting. Your dental health is an area of your overall wellness that impacts your health and that of your baby.

The common factor

Hormones have a significant impact on your general health and also your dental health. For example, hormonal changes can increase your dental health risks in the areas where your teeth and gums could already be unhealthy.

Gingivitis is the first and early phase of gum disease. Pregnancy heightens your potential for gum growths (non-cancerous) that disappear after you give birth.

Plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth and gums can complicate your oral health. This makes it essential to treat the earliest signs of gingivitis to prevent it from progressing into periodontal (gum) disease.

Where to focus your attention and why

Prioritize your preventive dental care during pregnancy. Staying ahead of any oral health problems with daily oral hygiene and your dental examinations and teeth cleanings keeps you and your baby healthy.

Watch for the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Brushing and flossing will help control it but removing it requires professional treatment with one of our dental hygienists.

Rinse and brush your teeth following any bouts with morning sickness. This helps remove the acids that can erode your tooth enamel.

Avoid any treatment complications by scheduling your dental care if you’re planning your pregnancy. And ask us about any concerns or questions you have about the connection between your dental health and your pregnancy.

Contact your Roswell dentist to discuss your oral health before, during, and after you deliver your baby.

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