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.
While gingivitis may not seem like a major problem, it can lead to issues that are more serious. One serious problem with gum disease is that it allows bacteria to enter your blood stream through your gums. Once bacteria enter the body, they can lead to high blood pressure or even 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.
If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon. We’re excited to hear from you.