Pregnancy is an exciting, sometimes nerve-wracking time. As an expectant mother, you want to do everything possible to ensure your baby’s health and wellbeing. Maybe you feel like it is best to put off a visit to the dentist until after your pregnancy — but the opposite is actually true. Visiting the family dentist in Midland during the first trimester of your pregnancy is important for the health of you and your baby.
Continue reading to learn more about how your oral health can affect or be affected by your pregnancy from Dr. Robert Christensen.
Dental Visits Are Important for Expectant Mothers
Schedule an appointment with your family dentist during the first trimester of your pregnancy. Not only is it perfectly safe to visit the dentist while you are pregnant, this appointment is necessary to ensure your gums are healthy and infection-free. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can cause a form of gum disease we call “pregnancy gingivitis.” The condition is usually temporary and the symptoms mild, but gum health should still be monitored during pregnancy. Gum disease in pregnant women has been linked to premature birth and low birthweight.
During this pregnancy checkup, Dr. Christensen will check in on the health of your teeth and gums. It is a good idea to take care of filling any cavities before your baby arrives. You may not have time to visit the dentist right after your baby is born, and decay will continue to worsen, possibly reaching the interior of your tooth and eventually requiring a root canal.
If you do need to have a cavity filled during pregnancy, know that local anesthesia is perfectly safe for you and your baby. However, we will hold off on any elective or more major procedures, like dental implants, until after your pregnancy.
Maintaining Oral Health During Pregnancy
Take good care of your teeth and gums while you are pregnant to protect yourself and your baby from bacteria and infection. In addition to being at a higher risk for gum disease in the form of pregnancy gingivitis, expectant mothers may also be more prone to developing tooth decay. Pregnant women are likely to eat more starchy and sugary foods than usual, and morning sickness exposes your tooth enamel to harsh acids from your stomach.
To protect your tooth and gum health while you are pregnant, keep the following in mind.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes after each meal, or at least twice a day.
- Floss once a day.
- Rinse the mouth out with water after experiencing morning sickness.
- Maintain a nutritious, balanced diet, while limiting sugar intake as much as possible.
- Schedule an appointment with Dr. Christensen during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Expecting? Visit Dr. Christensen Soon!
As an expectant mother, we know you have a lot on your to-do list. But don’t let a visit with Dr. Christensen fall by the wayside! Protect yourself and your baby’s health by maintaining excellent oral health throughout pregnancy. Request an appointment online today.