If you’ve got a baby on the way, congratulations! You’re probably dizzy with all of the details of preparing for a baby: From routine doctor’s appointments to setting up the nursery, there are many tasks that need to be attended to while you’re pregnant. One thing that should be added to the list is a dental visit. Many expectant mothers wonder whether they can go to the dentist when they’re pregnant and the answer is not only yes, but you should visit your dentist during your pregnancy. Learn why in today’s blog.
Maintaining your overall health is crucial during pregnancy
Most expectant mothers understand how important it is to maintain their health while they go through their pregnancy, but many do not realize that this extends to their dental health as well! While many women will go through their pregnancy without any dental health problems, pregnancy can nonetheless bring with it a number of related dental concerns. Common issues that expectant mothers face include:
- Pregnancy gingivitis. The hormonal changes that a woman’s body undergoes during pregnancy can have an impact on her oral health as well. Pregnancy gingivitis causes swelling of the gums that can leave them tender or even painful and they may be more prone to bleeding than they were pre-pregnancy. Because gingivitis can lead to systemic health concerns such as diabetes and high blood pressure, it’s important to visit your dentist regularly during your pregnancy.
- Tooth decay. Did you know that pregnant women are more likely to experience cavities than women without children? This is because morning sickness can cause acid to build up in your mouth which can wear away protective enamel. You also may find yourself binging on more sweets and carbs during pregnancy, which also increases the risk of cavities. By staying on top of your routine dental appointments, your dentist will be able to monitor your oral health and ensure your teeth make it out of your pregnancy without damage.
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