Pregnancy is such a unique and exciting time in a woman’s life. It is vitally important during this time that a woman takes good care of her body for the sake of her health and the baby’s. This includes your oral health. Your increased hormones during pregnancy can affect your body’s response to plaque (the layer of germs on your teeth). This can lead to dental problems in some women, potentially resulting in gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay. Fortunately, 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. Laurie McNamara McClatchey and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics.
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
We are here to help and want to provide the best care of you and your baby! We know it is normal to have a lot of questions during this time and we are here to provide you the answers you need. If you have any questions or concerns during your pregnancy, please contact our office.