As you may know, your health as an expectant mother easily affects your growing baby. It’s important to watch what you eat, get plenty of exercise, and avoid exposure to harmful substances.
But are you also watching your smile?
Your oral health even now can have a big impact on your little one. Starting good habits now will help you keep your smile in good shape long after your baby’s arrival.
When to Get Dental Treatment
Dental cleanings and checkups during pregnancy are just fine. If restorative treatment becomes unavoidable, the second trimester is the best time to schedule. At this point, a lot of your baby’s critical development is finished, and your belly won’t be too big to be uncomfortable!
Gum Health Maintenance
You may notice your gums are a lot more sensitive now than before your pregnancy. This is normal due to all the extra hormones. You don’t need to be alarmed by the increased bleeding from your gums, but you should be very diligent about oral hygiene.
Gum disease is linked to premature births, so it’s very important for you to take care of your gums.
Your dentist may even recommend that you have one or two standard dental cleanings during your pregnancy to ensure that you stay healthy.
After Delivery Dental Care
It can be tricky to schedule dental care after the arrival of your baby! But it’s a good idea to get caught up on exams and x-rays as soon as possible to make sure there aren’t any new problems.
Visit your dentist to get suggestions on keeping your gums healthy and your teeth strong. Expectant women with healthy smiles are more likely to have children with healthy teeth!
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Expectant mothers often take special care of their bodies during this lifetime event. In many cases, they are more devoted to their overall health and lifestyle choices than any other dental patients. Many expectant patients want to know what dental procedures are safe for them to have during pregnancy, and which ones they should avoid until after they give birth.
Routine dental examinations and cleanings are safe for all patients. Preventive care appointments are important for expectant mothers, as the procedure helps eliminate plaque biofilm in areas of gingivitis or gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can actually place you at risk to go into labor prematurely and deliver a low birthweight baby.
Dental x-rays are typically only taken on pregnant women if they are due to an emergency. Even in these cases, special care is taken that reduces potential exposure to the fetus, by using a lead apron. Digital radiography uses 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays, further reducing any risk to fetal development.
The first trimester of your pregnancy is the most vital. Most routine dental treatment can be delayed during this period until you have reached your second trimester. The use of specific medications that are frequently used in dental treatment may need to be eliminated during pregnancy. This is why it is important to let your dental care provider know if you even suspect that you may be pregnant, as some medications interfere with tooth formation in a developing fetus.
Local anesthesia is typically viewed as safe to use during pregnancy, and is necessary for any emergency treatment to eliminate discomfort during the procedure. Choosing to have all treatments completed while in the earliest stages will prevent possible infection risks to your child.
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It’s important to begin taking care of your baby’s teeth as early as during your pregnancy. Even in the earliest weeks of pregnancy, your child’s teeth are beginning to develop. These teeth may not erupt until your child is nearly 12 years old, but the beginning tooth buds can be greatly affected by the mother’s health or medications that she takes when pregnant.
Gum disease is perhaps the most common risk factor that can take a toll on a mother’s pregnancy. Pregnant women with active gum disease or periodontal disease are more likely to have premature labor or a low birth weight baby. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen, bleeding gums, bad breathe, tartar buildup and exposed root surfaces. When treated through preventive and therapeutic care, your dental provider can help you gain control over gum disease symptoms or reverse them completely.
Mothers who chew gum containing Xylitol during their pregnancies are more likely to give birth to children that have healthier teeth and a reduced rate of tooth decay. Xylitol works by preventing plaque from congregating in the mouth, and encourages enamel remineralization. One study suggested that chewing Xylitol containing gum at least 5 times per day was as effective at plaque removal as brushing teeth!
Learn more about caring for your infant’s oral health after they are born. Early on, you can use a soft damp washcloth to cleanse the gums, tongue and inside of the cheeks. As teeth begin to erupt, switch to a soft baby toothbrush and tap water. Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of milk or juice, as long-term exposure to liquids other than water can encourage rampant tooth decay.
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