Dental Care During Pregnancy-What You Need to Know
Posted on 3/8/2021 by Amir Hosseini, DDS
Learning that you're pregnant can change your life in a second. There can be nothing that's more exciting than finding out you're expecting. The news can be overwhelming in a number of ways, ranging from tremendous excitement to fear and anxiety, especially if it's your first time. While there are many questions that you'll have – one area that's often missed in all the excitement is, of course, your oral health.
Coping with Hormonal Changes
The hormonal changes your body goes through during pregnancy can also increase the risk of periodontal disease. One of the most common oral health conditions that are experienced by women during pregnancy is gingivitis, which is the first stage of periodontal or gum disease. While cravings during pregnancy are difficult to ignore, it's best to include healthy snacks in your daily diet, such as dry fruits and fruits, while staying away from sugary treats.
Follow a Strict Oral Care Routine
It's easy to get overwhelmed with the news of a pregnancy. Suddenly, your world changes and the only thing on your mind is the health of the baby. But, not taking care of your own health, and more specifically, your oral health could also be dangerous to the baby's health as well. This is why it is advised to follow a strict oral care regimen which includes brushing your teeth at least twice daily and regular flossing. Regular dental checkups for dental cleanings if necessary are also advised.
Is Going to the Dentist Dangerous During Pregnancy?
Contrary to popular belief, visiting the dentist for a routine checkup or dental cleaning is not dangerous during pregnancy. In fact, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists along with the American Dental Association, dental treatment is highly recommended even during pregnancy, even if it involves the use of local anesthesia.
To find out more on dental care during pregnancy you can speak to Dr. Hosseini and at Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Specialists. Call now at (210) 614-4700 to schedule your appointment.