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How Important Is Dental Care for Pregnant Women?

Posted by FLEX DENTAL on Mar 24 2022, 05:36 AM

How Important Is Dental Care for Pregnant Women?

When you’re expecting a baby, your health becomes your highest priority. You would often be worried about what to eat and what not to eat. If you wish to have a healthy pregnancy period, then you shouldn’t ignore your mouth. It’s important for your overall health as well as your baby’s health. 

Common Oral Problems During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body undergoes several changes such as increased levels of progesterone and estrogen. Often due to nausea, there will be a change in eating habits and oral care habits that cause several oral health issues. 

Here are some common dental problems that you may experience during your pregnancy:

Pregnancy Gingivitis

About 75% of pregnant women suffer from gum disease due to hormonal changes. Due to vomiting, you are vulnerable to dental plaque that causes bleeding gum and inflammation, which results in pregnancy gingivitis. 

Depending on the condition, it may even progress to periodontal disease. So, when you experience swelling and redness of the gums, you should see a dentist immediately. 

Cavities

During pregnancy, you are more likely to have cavities. You might also pass the cavity-causing bacteria to your baby during pregnancy or delivery. 

Periodontal Disease

If you don’t treat gingivitis, it can lead to periodontal disease that causes infection in the gums. It’s a severe gum infection that spreads to your bones supporting your teeth. It can destroy your bones and loosen the teeth which results in tooth loss. The bacteria responsible for this will be then released into your blood and cause other severe health problems. 

Loose Teeth

Due to increased levels of certain hormones, the tissues that hold your teeth will temporarily relax. It can loosen your tooth and cause tooth loss. 

Pregnancy Tumor

In some pregnant women, there can be an overgrowth of tissue on the gums, often during the second trimester. It’s not cancer but a swelling between the teeth due to excess plaque. There will be redness and they bleed easily. Usually, they disappear after delivery. But if you are concerned, a dentist can remove them. 

Tips for Good Oral Health During Pregnancy

  • Brush and floss every day. If morning sickness makes it difficult, rinse your mouth with a mixture of water and baking soda. 
  • Rinse your mouth after eating.
  • Have regular dental checkups.
  • Maintain a balanced diet. 

Flex Dental offers the best dental services to maintain your healthy smile. For more details, call us at (813) 999-1092 or visit us at 310 S Dale Mabry Hwy Suite#120, Tampa, FL 33609.

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