Pregnancy and Dental Health
As you are preparing for the arrival of your child, checking in with your family dentist is a smart move. During your pregnancy, you are aware of the importance of taking care of yourself, and preparing for a healthy baby. This should include your dental health as well. In addition, you will want to find a family dentist you can trust with your child’s future oral health as well.
Importance of Dental Health During Pregnancy
Your dental health is an important aspect of your overall health. Therefore it’s critical that you take care of your teeth, mouth, and gums during your pregnancy, just as you do with the rest of your body. You know that you need to keep yourself healthy and strong for your baby. The same is true of your oral health.
Some studies have shown that pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to give birth prematurely, putting their child at increased risks. While these are not necessarily conclusive, and there’s a lot more research to be done, we do know that caring for your oral health is good for overall well-being – which is in turn good for your developing baby.
Could Pregnancy Impact Your Dental Health?
Pregnancy can be hard on your body, including your oral health. Some connections have been made between the elevated hormone levels women experience during pregnancy and an increase in certain oral health issues, such as gum disease. This doesn’t mean that every pregnant woman will experience these problems, but it is a reminder to speak with your family dentist and be proactive in caring for your dental health.
There are also some secondary issues that arise with pregnancy. Increased fatigue and morning sickness may cause you to lapse in your oral health schedule. You may feel too sick or unmotivated to floss regularly or to get your teeth cleaned. However, staying in your routine as well as you can may mitigate any further issues that may cause more discomfort.
Dental Procedures While Pregnant
If you need a dental procedure, such as a root canal or filling during your pregnancy, speak with your family dentist and tell her you are pregnant, before moving forward. She can help you decide which ones should be done after you give birth and which ones are more immediately necessary. Your family dentist can also speak with you about any potential effects of medication on your developing baby.
Why You Need a Family Dentist During Your Pregnancy
It may seem a long way off, especially in the early days of your pregnancy, but your child will be here soon. And they too will need a dentist. If you find in those first few days and weeks that breastfeeding and latching has become difficult, you may want to check with a trained dentist who is familiar with tongue ties and frenectomies.
If you are pregnant and have questions about how to keep yourself and your baby healthy, call us or make an appointment. We would be happy to talk with you about the best options for your family.