Being pregnant is an exciting and special season for the mother to be. It’s no secret that during this time your body will experience a lot of changes, but you might not realize that some of them occur in your mouth. A recent study has shown that older mothers are more likely to report having good oral care than their younger counterparts. That’s why it’s important to schedule prenatal dental visits in addition to appointments with your obstetrician.
The hormonal fluctuations brought on by pregnancy can create conditions in your mouth that make you more susceptible to gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. These gum diseases first appear as puffy gums that are prone to bleeding, and can progress to the eventual loss of tooth and bone; but that’s not all. The same bacteria that cause the infection in your gums can travel through the bloodstream to other parts of your body, including your uterus. When this happens, chemicals known as prostaglandins are produced that can trigger premature labor.
We know this sounds pretty scary, but it doesn’t have to be. By practicing a good home care routine that includes flossing and brushing at least twice a day and having regular dental check ups, gum disease can be stopped before it gets serious. Even if you have more advanced periodontal issues, we have several options to treat it before it causes harm to you or your baby.
New moms have a lot on their mind so we understand how it’s easy to overlook your oral health. That’s why we have convenient online appointment requests in case you forget to call us during regular business hours. Isn’t it nice to have one less thing to worry about? Now you can concentrate on the fun stuff like picking out names. We vote for Ed if it’s a boy.