Pregnancy brings a whole host of changes and responsibilities. Don’t let dental health fall by the wayside.
Here are a few dental health tips to keep in mind when you’re pregnant.
Keep up the good things you’re doing
If you brush twice a day with fluoride, you’re on the right track.
“If not, there’s no better time to start, as poor habits during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Talk to your dentist about your routine and if you should make any changes,” writes the American Dental Association.
Take good care of your gums
The hormone changes that come along with pregnancy can cause trouble with your gums.
“As many as half of all women develop pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that is most common between the second and eighth months of pregnancy. It usually goes away after childbirth,” the American Dental Association writes.
Schedule treatments at the right time
We advise that patients avoid dental procedures during the first and third trimesters.
“These are critical times in the baby’s growth and development and it’s simply wise to avoid exposing the mother to procedures that could in any way influence the baby’s growth and development. However, routine dental care can be received during the second trimester. All elective dental procedures should be postponed until after the delivery,” we point out here.
Keep your dentist in the loop
Let your dentist know what’s going on with your health and any actions being taken by other medical professionals.
“Tell your dentist the names and dosages of all drugs you are taking , including medications and prenatal vitamins prescribed by the doctor, as well as any specific medical advice your doctor has given you. Your dentist may need to alter your dental treatment plan based on this information,” we pointed out.