Thinking about Having A Baby, Or Recently Pregnant?
If you’re considering getting pregnant, or are already expecting, concern over the status of your teeth might not be at the top of your list. However, if you’re early enough into a pregnancy, or planning one, you should actually schedule an appointment to see your dentist sooner rather than later.
Good oral health is the key to good overall health. And, during pregnancy, your oral health contributes to the health of your baby. Here are a few things to be mindful of in the coming months as you plan your pregnancy:
Visit your Dentist Early
Generally speaking, dental work can be safely performed through the first half of the third trimester. However, earlier is always better – preferably before pregnancy. The American Dental Association has pointed to research linking premature birth and low birth weight to women with gum disease. While this might seem like something you can brush off if you’re not already suffering from gum disease, that wouldn’t be wise. Hormonal changes can lead to pregnancy gingivitis.
Hormones play a pivotal role in a woman’s life, and during pregnancy they’re out in full-force. During pregnancy, this natural rise in hormones causes an increase in blood flow to gum tissue. This causes some women to experience swelling and tenderness in their gums. The increase in blood flow causes gum tissue to exaggerate the way it reacts to existing plaque in the mouth, and triggers what is known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” If ignored, gingivitis leads to gum disease which is a true cause for concern during pregnancy. That’s why it’s so important to see your dentist as early as possible.
While the name might cause you some concern, these benign growths, which frequently appear along the gumline, are more of a nuisance than anything else. Only about 10% of women get them, and typically in the second trimester. Like pregnancy gingivitis, they’re usually the result of increased hormonal activity and improper oral care.
As you can see, your dentist can and should be one of your many allies in the path to motherhood. So see your dentist early and as often as is suggested during your pregnancy. You may contact Adams and Cheek Dentistry at http://raleighncdentistry.com/contact-our-office/. You’ll be pleased you did, and so will your baby!