Dental Health During Pregnancy

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Dental Health During Pregnancy

Looking for a complete health dentist during pregnancy can be stressful. The hormonal changes associated with pregnancy may lead to issues with oral health. Additionally, some forms of dental disease may negatively affect a developing baby. A good prenatal dentist understands the importance of the oral-systemic link and how it applies to expectant mothers.
Prenatal dentistry is available at 75th Ave Dental Studio in Glendale and the surrounding area. Our compassionate and skilled staff is here to help assist you throughout your entire pregnancy.

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Common Dental Conditions During Pregnancy

It is vital for pregnant women to pay heightened attention to all aspects of their health, including dental health. For some women, pregnancy increases the production of plaque. This sudden increase may lead to gum disease and heighten the risk of tooth decay, among other dental problems.
Pregnant women frequently experience cavities, gingivitis, loose teeth, periodontal disease, pregnancy tumors, and tooth erosion. Gingivitis is particularly common, affecting 60 to 75% of expectant mothers. Symptoms involve bleeding gums, redness and swelling, shiny gums, and tenderness in the gums. If left untreated, it can progress into a more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis.


Taking Care of Dental Health During Pregnancy

Expectant mothers are prone to neglecting their dental health due to high levels of fatigue and frequent snacking. Additionally, morning sickness may wear away at the tooth enamel, while hormonal changes may lead to pregnancy gingivitis. Unfortunately, however, a pregnant woman’s oral health can directly affect her unborn baby’s health.
Excess bacteria growth in the mouth can enter the bloodstream through the gums and make its way to the uterus, which may induce premature labor. Furthermore, once the baby arrives, the mother may potentially pass on the bacteria to the newborn through vertical transmission. As such, it is critical that pregnant women brush at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss nightly, and eat a well-balanced diet. Keeping regular appointments with the dentist is also crucial.


FAQ's About Dental Health During Pregnancy

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  • How can I keep my dental visits safe during pregnancy?

    We will take all the necessary steps to keep you safe during your pregnancy. We will choose medications that are safe for both you and your baby. Additionally, we will avoid taking routine X-rays unless absolutely necessary. Notify us as soon as you find out you are pregnant and we will devise a personalized treatment plan for you and your unborn child.

  • What are some nutritious snacks I can eat during my pregnancy?

    Try to limit your sugar intake as much as possible. Raw fruits, vegetables, yogurt, cheese, and low-fat milk are all preferable to carbonated drinks. Drink water whenever possible. Treat morning sickness or vomiting by rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a cup of water. Wait one hour after vomiting before brushing your teeth, if possible.

  • I am thinking about getting pregnant. Should I tell my dentist?

    Yes. Preventative care can help you maintain your oral health during your pregnancy. Ideally, you will have your gum tissue carefully examined, teeth professionally cleaned, and any other oral health issues are taken care of well in advance.

  • What is pregnancy gingivitis?

    Pregnancy gingivitis is a mild inflammation of the gums that causes swelling and tenderness. It may also cause gums to bleed when brushing or flossing. This condition typically results from hormonal changes brought about by pregnancy. It should receive immediate attention before it progresses into periodontitis.

  • How common are dental cavities in pregnant women?

    About one in four women of childbearing age have untreated cavities. Unfortunately, children of mothers with untreated cavities or tooth loss are over three times more likely to have cavities themselves. Thus, it is imperative to keep regular dental checkups throughout your pregnancy.