Health should always be a top priority for anyone, and for expectant mothers, it becomes even more important. Maintaining your oral health is an important part of taking care of yourself. If you’re expecting a child, be sure to consider these important oral health concerns as they relate to pregnancy.
Pregnancy and Gingivitis
According to the Center for Disease Control, 60 to 75 percent of all expecting mothers have an early stage of periodontal disease, a condition called “gingivitis.”
Classic symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums that are tender to the touch and bleed easily. Other symptoms include bad breath (halitosis) and loose teeth.
The reason why such a high percentage of pregnant women experience gingivitis is due to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Letting gingivitis go untreated is bad for both the mother and the baby. In the long term, gingivitis can infect the gums and erode the bones that support the teeth. Studies have also shown that periodontal disease in pregnant women can lead to lower birth rates and premature births.
Pregnancy and Tooth Decay
Pregnant women are at a higher risk for tooth decay than the rest of the population. Changes in eating habits, such as ingesting more carbohydrates and sugars, as well as morning sickness, which subjects tooth enamel to stomach acid, makes cavities far more common among pregnant women. It is especially important to maintain proper dental habits during pregnancy to combat this increased risk. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth and also remember to floss. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor for any cavity treatment.
Due to elevated amounts of plaque in the mouth, pregnant women may notice overgrowth of tissue between the teeth, especially during the second trimester. These pregnancy tumors are not cancerous, are harmless, and should disappear after pregnancy.
Going to the Dentist While Pregnant
Many pregnant women may wonder if going to the dentist during their pregnancy is safe. According to the American Dental Association, going to the doctor while pregnant is not only safe but recommended. Dentists are specially trained to assist you with any pregnancy-related oral symptoms you may be dealing with.
We Help You Take Care of Your Oral Health During Pregnancy
If you are experiencing any oral health issues while pregnant, the experienced and caring team at Babylon Dental Care will be here to care for you so you can care for your baby. Simply call us at (631) 983-2937 and schedule an appointment with our team.