ARE YOU PREGNANT OR THINKING ABOUT becoming pregnant? Do you know someone else who is? While you’re picking out tiny clothes and reading childcare books, remember the importance of your oral health!
When you’re expecting a baby you go through so many physical changes. You crave different things. Your hair feels different. In fact, just about everything feels different. And, your mouth is different, too. Not sure why it’s important to know that? Don’t worry… at Stadium Dental Center in Jefferson City, Missouri, we’re here to help.
Increased Gum Disease Risk
Pregnancy brings heightened hormone activity which can lead to increased gum disease risk and gum sensitivity. Just remember that being pregnant doesn’t cause gum disease—plaque does. Keep up your great oral care habits.
Are You Experiencing…?
Beginning around your second month, and often continuing through your eighth month you may be experiencing:
- Bleeding gums
- A potential increase in cavities
- Granulomas (small, tumor-like growths inside your mouth)
Here Are A Few Simple Recommendations:
- Brush and floss regularly.
- Keep your regular checkup appointment during your pregnancy and let us know that you’re pregnant.
- Lay low on the sweets.
Routine Checkups During Pregnancy
An ideal time for your check-up appointment is during your second trimester when you are stable, but not far enough along to risk stress-induced issues. In the old days, women were anxious about dental checkups while expecting a baby. Typically there’s never an issue. Just be sure to let us know you’re expecting.
DON’T brush your teeth right after being sick. Stomach acid makes your teeth softer and brushing can wear them down. Rinse out your mouth, and then wait a while before brushing.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you have questions, please ask! You can send us a direct message on our Facebook page!
We appreciate having you as our valued patient!