If you are pregnant, your dental health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. Today’s post contains important information about dental health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.
Dr. Longenecker recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning handled by one of the adept dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prohibit gum problems that are often connected to hormonal changes.
The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.
If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, book an appointment today by calling 410-357-0099. Once the baby is here, it will probably be more difficult for you to make time for a general dentistry visit.
If you receive dental treatment at Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Dr. Longenecker that you are expecting. This will impact decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.
Hormonal changes cause an increase in plaque production which can cause tooth decay. If you are eating several small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you bypass sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.
Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. It is vital that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific guidance for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.
At Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS, we take special care of our patients who are expecting.
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