If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental troubles during pregnancy. Today’s post from your dentist in the Phoenix area contains essential information about oral health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.
Dr. Harris recommends 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 performed by one of the expert dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.
The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.
If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, book an appointment today. Once the baby is here, it will probably be more difficult for you to make time for a dental visit.
If you receive dental treatment at Harris Dental during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Dr. Harris that you are expecting. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.
Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can cause 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, too. 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 counsel for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.
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