If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. But many women notice an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. This post from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte has information about oral health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.
First, let us know that you are expecting when you come in for an appointment. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.
We recommend having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning by one of our hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often connected to hormonal changes.
The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between gum disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight. If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment today. (Once the baby is here, it may be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.)
Hormonal changes cause an increase in plaque production which can result in cavities. If you are eating numerous small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.
Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle impact your baby. It is critical that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific guidance for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.
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