Pregnancy brings with it many new challenges and many new priorities. When you’re pregnant, one of the things you will want to think about is your health. And while you will probably spend a lot of time thinking about things such as your heart, your weight, and of course the new life growing inside of you, the dental team at VSP Dental would like to remind you of the importance of maintaining your oral health during your pregnancy.
This is crucial for many different reasons. Not only are women susceptible to many new oral health challenges during pregnancy, but your oral health can be a factor in your baby’s health as well. This is why it is important to keep many different things in mind throughout the pregnancy process and to know as much as possible about what you should do to keep yourself prepared to face the challenges that may arise from the period before conception all the way to the period after birth.
To start with, let’s examine why your oral health is such an important consideration during your pregnancy. Factors such as gum disease are not only contributors to heart disease, but research has shown that women who have gum disease during pregnancy have been shown to have higher incidences of premature births and lower birth weights. Therefore, if you are planning to conceive, then it might be in your best interest to deal with gum disease if you haven’t done so already. Meanwhile, women who are pregnant should do their best to take good care of their teeth and to carefully monitor the health of their teeth and gums.
Watch for signs of gum disease throughout pregnancy and remember the classic signs of gum disease. These include reddening and sensitivity of the gums as well as problems such as bleeding of the gums. If you do not already floss, then now is the time to begin flossing, at least once per day. It can also be a good idea to begin implementing a waterjet, also known as oral irrigation system, into your daily oral health regimen. The technique has been shown to correspond to greater overall gum health. Especially when used along with brushing it can help maintain gum health throughout your pregnancy.
Regular dental checkups during pregnancy are important, but remember to be sure to inform your dentist that you are pregnant during your check-up so that they can take any necessary precautions during the process. The ideal time to schedule a dental check-up during your pregnancy is around the fourth to sixth month. Around this time, you can assess any potential problems that may have arisen due to your pregnancy. There are many common problems that arise during pregnancy that your dentist can help you with to help maintain your oral health.
Earlier in pregnancy, many women may experience enamel erosion due to morning sickness, especially if they experience vomiting on a regular basis. Your dentist can help with treatments to help resolve the issue and to ensure that you do not experience any
negative lingering effects. If you do experience persistent vomiting and think that this may be a problem, it may be a good idea to visit your dentist sooner rather than later to resolve the issue. Another common problem that women experience during pregnancy is dry mouth. Because saliva is so important to maintaining oral health, it is important to find a solution to dry mouth.
Finally, as already mentioned, gingivitis is a common problem during pregnancy, and women who do find themselves developing issues with gingivitis should not hesitate to contact their dentist for help resolving the issue. Dentists can help with solutions for the issue that will ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout the pregnancy and well afterwards.
Dental health is an important component of a woman’s overall health during pregnancy and beyond. Fortunately, vigilance can help to ensure that her teeth and gums stay safe and that she makes it through the pregnancy process and on to the other side with a bright and healthy smile.
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