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 are newly pregnant, or planning to be, you should actually schedule an appointment to see your dentist sooner rather than later.
Good oral health is the key to good overall health. During pregnancy, your oral health contributes to the health of your baby. Let’s look at a few things to be mindful of as you plan for your new addition.
Visit your Dentist Early
Generally speaking, dental work can be safely performed through the first half of the third trimester. Therefore, we can, and should, address many dental problems prior to delivery. Additionally, The American Dental Association has pointed to research linking premature birth and low birth weight to women with gum disease. This might seem like something you can ignore if you’re not currently suffering from gum disease. However, hormonal changes can lead to pregnancy gingivitis.
During pregnancy, the 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 when pregnant.
Pregnancy tumors are benign growths that frequently appear along the gum line. These growths 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.
It is important to see your dentist early and as often as is suggested during your pregnancy. You may contact Adams and Cheek Dentistry at 919-866-1360 or click here to schedule an appointment.