Dental Tips Blog

Aug
22

Can Pregnant Women Have Dental X-Rays?

As a mom-to-be, you’re understandably anxious about anything and everything that could go wrong with your pregnancy.

How does your pregnancy affect something as common as routine dental x-rays?

Dental X-Rays Won’t Harm Your Baby

The radiation in a dental x-ray machine shoots out a straight beam of energy. This energy is absorbed to some degree only by the tissues it’s aimed at. So dental x-rays are the safest ones you could get during pregnancy. They stay focused in a small beam right at your teeth. That radiation won’t go anywhere else.

You’ll be covered up with a lead shield. This blocks scattered radiation from affecting any other part of your body. The apron shield completely covers the baby.

Are X-Rays Really Necessary?

Yes, dental x-rays play an important role in detecting problems and mapping treatment. Getting a few x-rays each year is perfectly normal and sets the standard in dental care.

However, if you don’t have any dental complaints and you have a healthy dental history, you may be able to postpone your routine x-rays during pregnancy. This can give you some peace of mind and keep you comfortable.

If you end up with a large cavity, infected tooth, or raging gum disease during the course of your pregnancy, then treating it is imperative. It’s best to put off unnecessary dental treatment until after the baby arrives. But leaving a serious matter untreated could actually complicate you and/or baby’s health.

So there may come a point at which your dentist strongly recommends a dental x-ray during pregnancy. In that case, don’t worry – the x-ray will do you (and your baby) far more good than harm! Talk to your dentist about your concerns and they will recommend an appropriate course of action.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Aug
2

Is It Normal for Gums to Hurt During Pregnancy?

You may be expecting right now, but you never expected to have such sensitive gums.

Sore gums are actually very common during pregnancy, usually setting in around the second trimester.

Why Gums Hurt During Pregnancy

There are a few reasons why gums may get sensitive when you’re expecting:

  • Increased levels of hormones
  • Blood vessels throughout the body are enlarged to promote circulation
  • Bouts of dry mouth
  • Snacking habits promote bacterial plaque growth

Why You Should Care for Your Gums During Pregnancy

Sensitive gums are at risk for disease because they overreact to plaque. Women who develop severe gum disease are then at risk for delivering premature or low birth-weight babies and developing preeclampsia.

Some bleeding and sensitivity in the gums may be normal during pregnancy. They will go back to normal after you deliver your baby. But that doesn’t mean you should brush this off as nothing to worry about. You still need to do your part to keep your gums healthy.

How to Take Care of Your Gum Health

If possible, have a dental health checkup before a planned pregnancy. It’s easier to take care of problems before you’re carrying baby. You may need an additional one or two gum health checks during the first couple trimesters.

Avoid extreme temperatures in food that may bother you. Switch to a very soft toothbrush and brush gently a few times throughout the day to reduce plaque. Get a little extra vitamin C to boost your gum health.

Call your dentist if you notice a lot of bleeding, strange growths, loose teeth, or toothaches in addition to sensitive gums. These can be signs of a cavity or gum disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206 Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Nov
23

Pregnancy Induced Gingivitis

Posted in Periodontics

You know you’re expecting a happy addition to your family within several brief months. But what you may not be expecting are the sudden changes in your gum health. Is pregnancy gingivitis really that bad?

The Fun with Hormones

As you likely know, a developing baby causes all sorts of hyped-up hormone action. You’re noticing changes in energy, mood, and appetite, to name a few. How about your gums? They are (unfortunately) no exception. The increased flow of hormones can make your gums incredibly more sensitive to the presence of bacteria in your mouth.

While gums are typically more sensitive around the second to ninth month of pregnancy, the hormones themselves don’t cause the increase in bleeding and inflammation. These are triggered by the presence of bacteria. Your gums will probably just overreact now more than before. In fact, shortly before or just after your baby is born you may notice this hypersensitivity completely disappear.

Can You Do Anything?

Yes: keep your teeth and gums clean! The fewer bacteria near your gums, the less inflammation there will be. Stick to a regular routine of brushing and flossing. Your dentist and hygienist may even recommend that you come in for an extra cleaning before the baby is born just to make sure that your gums stay as healthy as possible.

The Risks Involved

Dismissing pregnancy induced gingivitis as a mere passing phase could have a major negative impact on your pregnancy. If you have a history of gum disease that continues on during pregnancy, this could result in an increased risk of premature birth or having a baby with a low birth weight. Contact your local dental office to schedule a prenatal gum evaluation to ensure the best health for you and your baby.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050 

May
31

Pregnancy and Your Smile

If you are expecting, you have much to be concerned with. Your baby’s health is doubtless your priority. Don’t neglect the health of your smile, however. Pregnancy is a critical time in which your health needs special attention, and your dental health is no exception.

Oral Hygiene A Must!

Make the time for healthy eating habits, regular brushing and flossing, and the use of fluoride in rinses and toothpaste. Fluoride rinses will not affect your baby. Preventing cavities and gum disease through proper oral hygiene will avoid the need for dental treatment, and keep your body healthy enough to support your developing baby.

See Your Dental Hygienist Early in Your Pregnancy

See your hygienist as soon as possible for a gum-assessment. Gum disease can be harmful to your baby, so it is vital to prevent or treat it. You may notice that your gums are more sensitive during the first trimester. The hygienist will have recommendations for keeping your gums healthy.

Need Treatment?

The second trimester is ideal for having any necessary dental work completed. Your baby is going through critical development in the first trimester, and you may be too busy for dental work during the third trimester, or shortly after delivery!

Healthy Habits for Life

Maintaining healthy dental habits during and after pregnancy will help you stay healthy for a long time, and share with your new child the heritage of a healthy lifestyle.

And let’s face it – you don’t need any more health issues on top of those that accompany pregnancy! Being proactive in your dental health during pregnancy will go a long way in preventing bigger problems.

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

Feb
26

Morning Sickness and Dental Care

Posted in Fillings

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life, but is often filled with some minor annoyances.  One of those common problems is morning sickness.  Morning sickness is almost always caused from changes in hormone levels, causing stomach upset, vomiting, and a feeling of ‘queasiness’ especially upon waking.  Some women say they have morning sickness throughout their pregnancy, but most report that after the first trimester, morning sickness is resolved.

Morning sickness that is accompanied by vomiting can cause tooth and tooth enamel decay and erosion resulting in cavities that will need fillings, caps or other tooth restorations.  If you are experiencing morning sickness with vomiting, a few steps can help protect your mouth and teeth during this time.

If you are experiencing severe morning sickness, talk to your obstetrician about ways to help control it.  Frequent and small snacks may be helpful. If you are vomiting enough to lose weight, you should contact your obstetrician. If your morning sickness causes mild vomiting, remember to rinse your mouth after vomiting to remove the acid from your teeth.  Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after when the acids are in your mouth, as you do not want to ‘push’ the acid into your tooth enamel.  Instead, rinse your mouth with some water with a small amount of baking soda, and then brush.  Never swallow this rinse, as it contains the stomach acid as well as baking soda.  A teaspoon of baking soda is generally enough to make sure that your mouth is clean and you have removed the acids associated with vomiting.

If your morning sickness does start to impact your teeth, or if you notice when vomiting that your teeth ‘ache’, contact your dentist.  He or she can recommend some additional strategies to help with this, and offer you an anti-microbial mouth rinse that may also be of benefit.

Posted on the behalf of Windy Hill Dental Associates

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Feb
25

Dental Care For Pregnant Women

Congratulations on your pregnancy!  This is an exciting time for you and your family, and you have many things to juggle and think about during this time.  Your oral and dental health is no exception…make sure to take some time to see your dentist and to talk about ways to keep your mouth and teeth (and your baby!) healthy during this time.

If you are a high-risk pregnancy, contact your obstetrician and discuss whether or not you should have your routine dental cleaning and checkup. Always make sure you dentist knows you are pregnant when you go to visit so appropriate precautions can be taken.  Please know that for most women, dental visits are not only safe during pregnancy, but recommended.

When you are pregnant, be sure to do the following things:

  • Brush twice a day, with a toothpaste that contains fluoride and has been approved by the ADA.
  • Floss at least once a day, to help keep your gums healthy.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet. You are feeding two, but make sure you are eating meals and snacks that are appropriate and nutritious.
  • Some women during pregnancy notice that they develop more plaque or tartar on their teeth.  If this is happening to you, talk to your dentist about using a special mouth rinse designed to help eliminate plaque and microbes.

Congratulations on this exciting time in your life.  Do not forget to make your dentist and dental hygienist a part of your health care team as you plan for your new package to arrive in a few months!

Posted on the behalf of Executive Park Dentistry

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Feb
25

Pregnancy and Dental Health

If a new baby is in your future, or if you just found out you were pregnant, you have a lot to think about.  You may need to be adjusting your diet, taking extra vitamins, requiring extra sleep, all on top of planning a place for the baby to live, creating the nursery, getting all of the supplies, and thinking about what to do on the big day when baby finally arrives.  Just thinking about all of this may make you tired, and leaving you with a desire to lay down and take a nap.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for you and your family.  One thing that is often overlooked, though, is your mouth and dental health during pregnancy.  It is obvious that continuing to brush and floss are important, but there are other issues that may impact your teeth during this time that you should be aware of.

If you are pregnant, you may have noticed that your hormones are in overdrive!  These increased hormones are what help keep baby healthy and able to grow during her nine months with you, however, these additional hormones can may make some dental problems worse. Things like periodontal disease (gum disease) can actually get worse during pregnancy or show up for the first time during pregnancy because of the hormone level.

After you have seen your health care provider and confirmed your pregnancy, make an appointment to see your dentist.  Inform him or her that you are pregnant, and let him know if you have noticed any changes in your mouth. Your dentist may offer you some additional tips on how to keep your mouth healthy during this time, including additional tips on how to brush or floss.

If your mouth is healthy, the rest of your body is likely to be healthy.  During pregnancy, this also means you are more likely to have a healthy baby…so don’t forget your dentist during this time!

Posted on the behalf of Prime Dental Care

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