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Oral care during pregnancy
November 11, 2017
Every expecting mother knows the feeling of increasing amounts of hormones changing in their body, but did you know that these hormones can also affect your dental health? If you and your partner are thinking about getting pregnant, visit my office to check the health of your teeth and gums before pregnancy so we can address any small issues before they become bigger problems.
In the first trimester you might not notice any differences in your dental health, but this is the most important time for you to stay strict with your routine. Gums often become swollen during pregnancy which can lead to issues such as gingivitis. Also, about 10 percent of all pregnant women experience pregnancy granulomas, which are gum tissue growths with a purple tint. The additional hormones that appear during pregnancy can relax ligaments in your body including the ones in your mouth so you need to be watchful for loose teeth.
Making sure you keep up with your dental care during pregnancy is not only important for you, but also for the health of your baby. Poor dental health has been previously linked to premature birth and can also cause a low birth weight for your baby. Professional cleanings are one way to maintain healthy teeth and gums while pregnant so make an appointment and we’ll make sure that you and your soon-to-be bundle of joy stay happy and healthy.