If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental problems during pregnancy. Today’s post from the dentist at Crabtree Dental in Katy TX contains essential information about oral health for expectant mothers, and those planning to become pregnant.
We recommend having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning completed by one of the expert dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prohibit gum problems that are often connected to hormonal changes.
The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.
If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, request an appointment today. Once the baby is here, it will probably be more inconvenient for you to make time for a dental visit.
If you receive treatment at Crabtree Dental during your pregnancy, be sure to inform us that you are expecting. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.
Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can cause cavities. If you are eating several small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you bypass sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.
Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle affect your baby. It is essential that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific advice for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.
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