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Dental Care During Pregnancy

Preventive scale and polish treatment during pregnancy are completely safe and are recommended by both dentists and doctors. The hormonal changes of pregnancy causes the gums to bleed easily, become inflamed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gingival tissue.

Almost one half of women experience pregnancy gingivitis, starting in the 2nd or 3rd month of pregnancy. It generally increases in severity all the way through to the eighth month.

This pregnancy gingivitis can be very uncomfortable and cause inflammation, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gums.

When pregnant, there are a few tips to follow:

-Dental treatment such as cavity fillings and crowns should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. If dental work is to be completed during pregnancy, the second trimester is the optimum time. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very uncomfortable and/or difficult to lie on your back for any extended period of time to receive treatment.

-Elective treatments (for example, teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry procedures) should be postponed until after the birth of your new child.

-Try to maintain good oral hygiene habits during pregnancy. This includes brushing properly after every meal and flossing/interdental brushing every day.

– Limit snacks between meals. Frequent snack and drink intake during pregnancy leads to a marked increase in the risk of cavities.

-Rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have bouts of frequent vomiting. Avoid tooth brushing immediately after sickness as this leads to elevated rates of tooth wear.

Is a Pregnant Woman at Greater Risk for Tooth Decay?

YES. We have all heard about pregnancy cravings. Sweet cravings are quite common for women during pregnancy. However, keep in mind that the more frequently you snack, the greater the chance of tooth decay developing.

After you have had your baby if you experienced any type of gum problems during your pregnancy, see your dentist soon after delivery to have your entire mouth examined and periodontal health evaluated.