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Pregnancy is a special time. All expectant mothers focus on taking good care of themselves and getting their baby’s life off to a healthy start. During the pregnancy period, taking care of one’s oral health is equally important as taking care of the overall health. This is because it helps prevent any oral problems during pregnancy that may affect the unborn child’s health.

Many people believe that pregnant women should stay away from dental visits for dental works. However, this is not true, but unwise advice. It is vital to have a healthy mouth even during pregnancy, and skipping dental treatments can lead to worse dental issues. During this period, preventive dental cleanings and exams are safe and are recommended to keep dental problems at bay.

Below are some tips for maintaining oral health during pregnancy.

Dental Care While Pregnant

  • If you are pregnant, inform your dentist about the same. Routine dental care that includes teeth cleanings and dental examinations can be performed any time during pregnancy. We also suggest our expectant patients not postpone any urgent procedures or dental works. However, we recommend our patients postpone all elective dental procedures like teeth whitening treatment until after the delivery.
  • Inform the dentist about all the drugs, medications, and prenatal vitamins you take. This allows the dentist to alter the dental treatment plan as per this information.
  • Today’s dental X-rays are safer and emit less radiation than conventional ones. If necessary, pregnant ladies can undergo dental X-rays during pregnancy. Inform your dentist about your pregnancy, and they will exercise extreme caution by using a shield to safeguard you and your baby.
  • Never skip your regular dental hygiene appointment because you’re pregnant. This is the time regular dental exams are most important as pregnancy causes hormonal changes that can increase the risk of pregnancy gingivitis and periodontal disease, linked to preterm birth. Besides, if the expectant mother already has gum disease, it is crucial to get it treated as being pregnant can make it worse.
  • During pregnancy, if you experience any changes in the gums – tenderness, bleeding, or gum swelling, visit the dentist as soon as possible.
  • Above all, follow good at-home oral hygiene practices, including brushing at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash. This helps prevent and reduce oral health issues.

For more pregnancy dental care, schedule an appointment with Dr. Peter Yeh, DDS at Covington Signature Dentistry. Call our dental office at (253) 638-9955.

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