General Dentistry for Expectant Mothers and Their Babies
By William Stofer on April 22, 2015
You’ve just gotten the news - you’re expecting! Though thrilled, you are a bit overwhelmed with everything that is going on. You want to prepare your home and your family for the new arrival. At the same time, you want to take good care of yourself to protect the health of your unborn child. It is important to remember that physical wellness involves your oral health. At Dental Solutions, we proudly provide general dentistry for patients of all ages, including expectant mothers. We will guide you as you care for your smile, and we will provide gentle treatments that will not put your unborn baby at risk. To learn more about pregnancy and dental care, contact our Warsaw practice today.
Gum Disease and Pregnancy
Thorough oral care is always important. However, it is especially vital when you are pregnant. During this time, you face an increased risk for gum disease. As you know, your hormones fluctuate dramatically when you are expecting. Your body produces more progesterone. In turn, this can create a fertile environment for oral bacteria. It can also heighten your body’s response to bacteria. In addition, morning sickness can increase acidity and the number of bacteria in your mouth.
Pregnancy gingivitis will impact your dental health and the appearance of your smile. It can also affect your baby’s health. Gum disease increases the risk of premature birth. Though the connection is unclear, scientists speculate that oral bacteria travel from the mouth to the uterus, triggering the production of prostaglandins.
Routine Care When You Are Expecting
Because gingivitis is a concern, it is important to maintain outstanding dental hygiene when you are pregnant. As always, you should brush at least twice a day, floss at least once, and use antibacterial mouthwash. Like many women, you may worry about the effects of professional dental care on your baby. Routine dental care is not only safe; it is essential. Keep your appointment for your regular exam and cleaning. However, whenever possible, you should postpone x-rays until after the birth of your baby.
If you develop a cavity or gum disease, it is still safe to undergo treatment. If possible, you may want to schedule your procedure during the second trimester. However, the most important thing is to prevent the further spread of bacteria. This will affect your smile, and it could also harm your baby. Many treatments, such as fillings and root canal therapy, are performed with local anesthesia. These medications are considered safe. However, if you are pregnant, we will typically administer as little as possible. Be sure to tell us that you are expecting prior to your procedure. Rest assured that dental treatment during pregnancy does not have to be extremely unpleasant. We will administer enough medication to keep you comfortable. This will reduce stress both for you and for your baby.
Although it is safe to undergo restorative care during pregnancy, you should delay elective procedures until after your baby is born. Teeth whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic treatments are safe. Nevertheless, to protect your baby, it is wise to avoid unnecessary medical care.
Learn More about Pregnancy and Dental Care
At Dental Solutions, we can provide thorough care during and after your pregnancy. Contact us today to learn more about oral wellness and to schedule an examination.
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