Pregnancy and dental health – What you should know

First, and foremost, if you are pregnant – congratulations! Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes in your body, and can also impact your oral health as well. It’s an especially important time to focus on your dental routine.

Your Daily Routine

  • Indulge in a well-balanced diet, with a sufficient quality of nutrients, especially vitamins A, C, D, protein, calcium and phosphorous
  • Brush thoroughly with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste twice a day
  • Floss between your teeth daily
  • Purchase products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • Visit us for regularly for a professional cleaning and check-up
  • If you have morning sickness or vomit frequently, try rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to avoid acid erosion or tooth decay

General Concerns

Pregnant Girl for 4-11-2014

Dental Check-Up
If you are not yet pregnant, but trying to be, schedule a dental checkup. A dental visit before you conceive can help reduce the risk of having a dental emergency during your pregnancy.

Be Wary of Gingivitis
Many women are prone to gingivitis-a mild form of gum disease that causes gums to be red, tender and sore-during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis is an infection of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. If you notice any changes in your mouth during pregnancy, please contact us here.

Dental X-Rays
In some cases, dental x-rays are necessary for dental emergencies. You may be covered with a led apron to minimize any exposure to the abdomen. We will also, whenever possible, cover your throat to avoid a leaded thyroid collar to protect your thyroid from radiation.

Pregnancy Tumors
Some women may suffer from overgrowths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” which appear on the gums often during the second trimester. These non-cancerous growths or swellings can be related to plaque and are usually found in-between the teeth. Generally, these will disappear after your baby is born, but if you are concerned, please contact us about removing them.

We know it’s a lot! So if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 239-936-0597, contact us through our online contact form or email us at info@myfortmyersdentist.com

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