Pregnancy is a sensitive time. Your health and the medical procedures you have can impact your growing baby in significant ways.
There are four areas of dental health that you should be especially concerned about during pregnancy.
Gum disease is linked to preterm births.
The American Pregnancy Association states:
“Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe, but are recommended.”
During pregnancy, your body experiences surges of hormones which can make gums more sensitive than usual to bacteria. A couple extra preventative dental cleanings at our West Columbia dentist office will ensure that you and baby stay healthy.
Dental x-rays during pregnancy are generally considered safe since they don’t affect anything beyond the teeth. You’d also wear a huge lead apron to protect the baby and his or her vital organs.
Dental x-rays may not be necessary during your pregnancy. If you are at high-risk for cavities or have a dental issue, however, you can rest assured that a taking a few diagnostic x-rays won’t hurt anything.
The second trimester is the best and safest time to have necessary treatment. Any elective procedures, such as teeth whitening, should wait until after delivery.
Now more than ever you need to pay careful attention to hygiene. Hormones may cause gum problems and your tooth enamel is likely suffering from morning sickness and diet changes.
Brush two to three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and rinse with baking soda water after a bout of morning sickness.
From the team at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry, we wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy! Come visit us for your prenatal dental checkup.
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