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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Most pregnant women are well aware of how important it is to take care of their body. However, they may not be aware of how important it is to take additional care of their teeth and gums. Maintaining proper oral health is essential when you are pregnant because your body undergoes certain hormonal changes that can increase your chances of developing gum disease.


Steps to Take

It is ideal for women to see their dentist for a checkup prior to getting pregnant so that they can treat any oral problems that may be a concern. But since pregnancy isn’t always planned, women might not get that opportunity. No worries- simply schedule a visit to see your dentist as soon as you can. Once pregnant, it’s important to follow a strict oral hygiene regimen by regularly brushing and flossing, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly. This will help reduce any pregnancy related dental issues.


Common Oral Problems During Pregnancy

There is an increased level of hormones during pregnancy, which causes the gums to overreact to certain irritants. Therefore, if dental plaque builds up on the teeth, the gums become severely irritated. This irritation could lead to gingivitis resulting in red, inflamed and bleeding gums. In order to reduce the amount of plaque buildup—and ultimately your chances of getting gingivitis—be sure to brush and floss regularly and listen to your dentist’s advice.


Gingivitis and Baby’s Health

Another key reason why pregnant women should pay extra close attention to their teeth is because research has shown a link between gingivitis and preterm, low-birth weight babies. When there is a buildup of bacteria, it can enter the bloodstream through the gums. When this occurs, the bacteria can find its way to the uterus, generating the production of prostaglandins which is a chemical suspected to induce premature labor. That is why it is so important to maintain proper oral health.

This article was written on behalf of Bennett Family Dentistry, a leading Gainesville Ga dentist. Bennett Family Dentistry offers general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, specialized dentistry services, and a full range of dental emergency treatments.

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