Naturally, it’s always important to take good care of your teeth and gums. While pregnant, however, it’s even more important to follow through with routine dental care. This is because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease, which could affect the health of your developing baby.
Much like any other type of healthcare appointment, it’s important that you maintain open and honest communication with your dentist if you are pregnant or planning to have a child. We’ve put together some tips and reminders to help you maintain good oral health before and during pregnancy.
Before The Pregnancy
If a pregnant woman has gum disease, it could affect the health of her unborn child. It’s ideal to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. Your gum tissue and teeth can be professional examined and cleaned, and any potential oral health problems can be treated before your pregnancy.
Dental Care While Pregnant
Don’t skip your dental checkup appointment simply because you are pregnant. Because pregnancy causes hormonal changes, you have an increased risk for gum disease and for tender gums that bleed easily – a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.
Pay particular attention to any changes in your gums during pregnancy. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with your dentist as soon as possible. Even if you didn’t experience any gum problems during your pregnancy, see your dentist soon after delivery to have your entire mouth examined and gum health evaluated.
Do you have any questions about dental care during pregrancy? Call Westermeier Martin Dental Care to schedule an appointment with your dentist 716-508-4547.