During pregnancy, expectant mothers make many lifestyle changes to ensure the healthy development of their baby. They may eat better and avoid things that could be harmful like smoking or alcohol consumption. One item that you won’t find on the list of don’ts is dental treatment. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of the American Dental Association has found that using anesthesia for dental procedures causes no risk to the unborn baby.
As with anytime your body undergoes hormonal changes, pregnancy is one of the worst times to neglect dental care. Pregnant women are at a higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay and enamel erosion than the other patients.
A pregnant women’s risk of having dental issues increases due to:
- Increased carbohydrate consumption
- Heightened gag reflex
- Morning sickness
- Hormonal changes
Although prenatal dental treatment has not been found to harm your baby, neglecting your teeth and gums can. Pregnant patients with gum disease can have premature or low birth weight babies when harmful bacteria leave the mouth through the bloodstream and travels to the rest of the body.
When you are scheduling your prenatal appointments, don’t forget to call Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants for a comprehensive oral health evaluation. During this visit we can assess the condition of your gums and catch any problems before they become serious.