Keeping Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Expectant mothers who prep for a healthy pregnancy by taking their vitamins and keeping a dedicated schedule of obstetrician appointments should make their oral health a priority, too. Research has linked dental problems like gum disease to a host of pregnancy concerns, including pre-eclampsia, premature birth and low birth weight.

Additionally, the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can also put expectant mothers at greater risk for gum disease and tooth loss. The mouth also may be a more acidic environment during pregnancy, increasing a woman’s chances of tooth decay.

Visiting your dental office is an essential component of a healthy pregnancy, but while you are expecting, you must consider the timing of your dental appointments. You should wait until your second trimester before having your teeth cleaned. Dental treatments during the first trimester or in the second half of the third trimester may interfere with important developmental processes occurring at that time.

Be sure to let the dentist know that you are pregnant during the visit. This may affect certain aspects of your care. For example, the dentist may delay any routine dental x-rays until after the pregnancy or recommend postponing elective treatments, such as teeth whitening, until after the baby is born.

Your efforts to maintain your oral health should go beyond the dental office, too. Take care to brush thoroughly—for at least two minutes—twice each day and keep up with your flossing. To cut down on the bacteria that can wreak havoc on your mouth, you may also want to add an anti-bacterial mouthwash to your normal routine.

Know the signs of problems, such as bleeding gums, so that you can bring them to your dentist’s attention, as well.

If you’re anticipating any major dental procedures and you’re planning to try to conceive within the next several months, you may want to go ahead and get those treatments scheduled in advance. In fact, it’s a good idea to get a cleaning in advance, too, since you will have to wait at least three months into your pregnancy to do so.

For more information and to schedule your appointment, contact Anderson Dentistry at 817-485-2111 today.