Expectant Moms and The Importance of Oral Health Care

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An expectant woman has a lot of things to think about when pregnant — from pre-natal visits to preparing the household for the arrival of a new baby. However, if your partner is currently expecting or if you’re one of those expectant women, a dental visit should not be overlooked. Our Waterloo dental practice has helped expectant moms deal with oral health problems brought about by pregnancy and childbirth.

By and large, the physical changes brought about by pregnancy has to do with hormonal shifts, specifically an increase in estrogen and progesterone.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

This condition is the most common oral health condition which affects would-be mothers. It generally occurs during the second or third month of pregnancy and may lead to gingivitis or periodontitis, a very serious type of gum disease.

If you’re expecting, look out for bleeding while brushing and/or flossing which is one of the early signs of gingivitis. Frequent cleanings and consuming foods rich in Vitamins A, C, D, calcium, phosphorous and protein are also highly recommended. Antimicrobial rinses may be used. Also, it is very important not to skip your scheduled dental cleanings as this is the perfect time for your dentist to assess your overall health status.

It is also important to note that there have been studies linking gum disease and premature childbirth. Hence, oral health amongst young women and those who are already expecting will be beneficial.

Timing of Dental Treatments

The second trimester of pregnancy is considered to the be safest time for an expectant mom to have dental treatments. During the first trimester, the developing fetus is still susceptible to external stimuli while the third trimester presents the danger of premature childbirth as the uterus around this time may be overly sensitive to external stimuli. However, both the first and third trimesters should not stop you from visiting us for an assessment of your oral health.

Schedule Your Waterloo Dental Visit

Dr. Arvanitis, a highly experienced Waterloo implant dentist,  believes that only a minimum amount of dentistry is required to ensure optimal dental health. Schedule your personal consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form. Our facilities has been designed to pamper and our little extras are all free of charge!