You already know that your body undergoes significant changes during pregnancy. But did you know that the hormonal changes can also affect your oral health?
It is very common for women to experience an increase in dental problems during pregnancy. You may have heard the old saying, “A tooth lost for every child.” While it may sound like an outdated old wives’ tale, it actually has some basis in fact.
How Pregnancy Affects Teeth and Gums
‘Pregnancy Gingivitis’ affects about half of all women who become pregnant. This condition can cause redness, tenderness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. A more serious condition, periodontal disease (a serious gum infection), may affect your baby’s health.
Gum Disease and Preterm or Low Birth-Weight Babies
Studies have suggested that a relationship exists between periodontal disease and pregnancy complications like preterm or low birth weight babies. New studies in this area emerge almost weekly, but there is sufficient reason to believe that maintaining periodontal health during pregnancy is a wise precaution in any event.
Protect Your Oral Health during Pregnancy
Obviously, a commitment to proper oral hygiene, including regular dental exams and cleanings, is the best way to prevent gum disease, whether you plan to become pregnant or not.
Once you do become pregnant, be sure to advise your dental professional immediately and make an appointment for a dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. This gives your dentist the opportunity to monitor your oral health for any adverse changes. It is also wise to plan this early on as sitting in a dentist’s chair can become uncomfortable later in pregnancy.
Call Us to Arrange a Checkup
If you have recently learned you are pregnant, congratulations! This is an exciting time and you have a lot to think about. Just remember to make oral hygiene and routine visits to your Wilmington, DE family dentist one of your priorities! Please, feel free to contact our Wilmington, DE general dental office, and schedule an appointment today!