Pregnancy can make some conditions worse or create new ones. Regular checkups and good dental health habits can help keep you and your baby healthy. In this blog, you will learn why dental care during pregnancy is so important & how new moms can protect their oral health and the oral health of their babies.
Oral Health During Pregnancy.
Getting a dental checkup during pregnancy is safe and very important. You can take care of cleanings and procedures like cavity fillings before your baby is born. Your dentist can also help you with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might be experiencing. Maintaining good oral health helps improve overall health, which is essential during pregnancy. At Sage Dental, we encourage you to visit us for routine dental maintenance treatments, including exams and cleanings, to prevent dental issues before they begin. Let us help you keep your teeth and gums healthy.
How will pregnancy affect your oral health?
Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease. Did you know that nearly 75% of pregnant women have gingivitis or inflammation of the gums, which is a disease of the mouth that results from layers of bacterial build-up on the teeth? Gingivitis treatment is imperative as the disease can develop into a secondary condition known as periodontitis, which can cause teeth to fall out. Frequent dental cleanings are recommended to prevent this.
Cavities. Pregnant women may also have a higher risk for cavities causing bacteria during pregnancy, which could be transmitted from their mouth to their baby’s mouth. Untreated cavities can lead to painful infections requiring extensive treatment or tooth removal. Having an annual dental checkup, brushing twice a day & flossing are essential steps to prevent tooth decay.
Pregnancy Tumors. Overgrowths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” may appear on pregnant women’s gums. It is not cancer but just swelling that happens most often between teeth. They may be related to excess plaque. They bleed easily and have a red, raw-looking raspberry-like appearance. They usually disappear after your baby is born, but if you are concerned, talk to your dentist about removing them.
Tips to protect your baby’s teeth
Make sure you take care of your baby’s teeth even if you can’t see them; those tiny teeth hide beneath the gums. Here are some tips that will help you protect your baby’s teeth;
- Wipe the gums twice daily with a soft, clean cloth—in the morning after the first feeding and before bed. That helps wipe away bacteria and sugars that can cause cavities.
- Once the first tooth comes in, brush it twice daily with a smear (rice-grain sized) amount of toothpaste.
- Take your baby to the dentist by their first birthday. It’s the best way to spot signs of problems early. If you don’t have a dentist, ask your pediatrician to check out your baby’s mouth and help you find one.
Pediatric Dentistry at Sage Dental
At Sage Dental, we make the process easier right from the start. We have multiple pediatric dentists at many of our 80+ offices. Since they visit multiple offices every week, you can schedule your child’s appointment either at your office or one close to you. We would love to be your family dentist! We make it easy for your children and you to visit for the dental care you need. Call us now to find a location near you.