Understandably, pregnant mothers frequently go to great lengths to protect their unborn child. Of course, if you are a pregnant you probably understand how important it is to take care of your overall health. But did you know that it’s also very important to protect your oral health?
For example, gum disease can cause very serious problems for pregnant women. Typically, this is because of a change in hormones levels during pregnancy. Particularly, the hormone progesterone is elevated in pregnant women, which causes can lead to our gums becoming inflamed. This makes gingivitis (which is technically inflamed gums) extremely common in pregnant women.
Sadly, gum diseases like gingivitis can lead to a new variety of problems. If your gums are infected—which is a major component of gum disease—the infection can get into your bloodstream and spread throughout your body. If this happens, women with periodontal disease are more likely to have high blood pressure and preterm delivery.
Fortunately, your dentist can treat gum disease safely even while you’re pregnant. Still, preventing gum disease is always preferable to treating it. To prevent gum disease, please remember to brush your teeth properly and to floss daily. Similarly, please don’t neglect routine clearings while you’re pregnant. They are perfectly safe—in fact, your dentist may recommend cleanings more regularly than they normally would.
Furthermore, your dentist will be able to meet many of your dental needs, though they will probably try to avoid dental work during the first trimester. If you worry about something being wrong with your teeth, please contact your dentist immediately.
Do you have more questions about your teeth or gum disease? Are you interested in scheduling a cleaning with us, or in having our team look over any of your other dental problems? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will gladly answer any of the questions you may have. We are excited to hear from you soon.