Pregnancy Dental Care & Tips For Good Dental Health

Pregnancy Dental Care

Tips for healthy mouth during pregnancy
Dental Tips for Good Oral Health during Pregnancy

Pregnancy Dental Care & Tips For Good Dental Health 

Nearly 60 to 75% of pregnant women have gingivitis, an early stage of periodontal disease that occurs when the gums become red and swollen from inflammation that may be aggravated by changing hormones during pregnancy.

It is important that you take care of your oral health while you are pregnant this is because
pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increases the risk of developing gum disease.

According to scientific studies Continued dental care during pregnancy is particularly important to avoid periodontal diseases and subsequent risk of pre-eclampsia, preterm birth, and low birth weight infants.

Your oral health will affect the health of your developing baby.

The routine visits to your dentist are recommended during pregnancy.

According to the American Dental Association dental cleaning are perfectly safe during pregnancy the second trimester of pregnancy is considered the best time to get dental treatments like fillings root canals crowns etc to be on the safer side.

According to Centre for Disease control of America , Pregnant women may also be at risk for cavities due to changes in behaviors, such as eating habits.

Women who have a lot of cavity-causing bacteria during pregnancy and after delivery could transmit these bacteria from their mouth to the mouth of their baby.

Early contact with these bacteria and to other sugars, such as from frequent snacking or taking a bottle to bed, can lead to early childhood cavities and the need for extensive dental care at a young age.

a) 1 in 4 women of childbearing age have untreated cavities.

b) Children of mothers who have high levels of untreated cavities or tooth loss are more than 3 times more likely to have cavities as a child.

c) Children with poor oral health status are nearly 3 times more likely to miss school because of dental pain.

It's better not to do any dental treatments during the first and the third trimester of pregnancy as these are critical times in the growth and development of your baby all elective procedures like tooth whitening cosmetic dentistry should be postponed until after the child's birth 

Avoid dental x-rays during pregnancy if x-ray is really essential make sure that your stomach is shielded by Lead Apron.

Before getting exposed to x-rays antibiotics such as penicillin,amoxicillin are perfectly safe during pregnancy.

But antibiotics like tetracycline are contraindicated because they can cause discoloration of your baby's milk and permanent teeth have a healthy diet.

Avoid junk food and aerated drinks which are rich in sugar and also visit your dentist regularly and brush and floss regularly.