Pregnancy is an amazing thing. However, there are some important things to keep in mind during this time. While pregnancy does not automatically damage your teeth, pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women, potentially resulting in gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay. Your increased hormones during pregnancy can affect your body’s response to plaque (the layer of germs on your teeth). Luckily, with proper hygiene at home and professional care from your dentist, your teeth should remain healthy throughout pregnancy. Keep reading from some advice about pregnancy and oral health from Dr. Dennis Flanagan at Dennis J. Flanagan DDS MS.
Dental Disease & Baby Health
Dental disease can affect a developing baby. Research has found a link between gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth with low birth weight. However, appropriate dental treatment for the expectant mother may reduce the risk of premature birth.
Taking Preventive Action
Preventive measures are your best bet. You are less likely to have dental problems during pregnancy if you already have good oral hygiene habits in place. Be sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly.
Tell Your Dentist if you are Pregnant
Be sure to tell your dentist if you are pregnant. This way they can take proper care of you. For example, your dentist may not take x-rays during this time. Additionally, they can be on the lookout for dental health problems that occur during pregnancy such as: gum problems, vomiting, cravings for sugary foods, and retching while brushing teeth. All of these can lead to tooth decay if you don’t take proper care of your teeth.
Increase Intake of These Vitamins & Minerals to Protect Your Teeth
Additionally, it is crucial that you increase your calcium and vitamin D intake during pregnancy. This will help to protect you and your baby’s health.
Where to Get Help
It is very normal to have lots of questions about how best to take care of your body in the best way possible while pregnant. If you have any questions or concerns during your pregnancy, don’t be afraid to contact our office. We are here to help and want to provide the best care for you and your baby!