Dental Care for Pregnant Women
Maintaining good oral healthcare during pregnancy is a must for both the mother-to-be and the unborn child's health. During pregnancy hormones change and there is an increased risk of the mother developing gum disease, also known as gingivitis. If left untreated, this can become much worse and even pass bacteria to the baby, which can cause caries and other problems throughout the child’s life.
Preventive Measures before Pregnancy:
It is highly recommended that before pregnancy women make an appointment for a thorough teeth cleaning and assessment of their teeth. This will allow the soon-to-be mother’s current dental problems to be treated and lessen the likelihood of oral problems during pregnancy.
Preventive Care during Pregnancy:
Preventive cleanings and annual examinations during pregnancy are recommended to help maintain the oral health of both the mother and unborn child. These are safe and even worthwhile during pregnancy due to hormonal changes in the mother. Morning sickness exposes teeth to stomach acids regularly, and during pregnancy often gums will swell, becoming irritated and trapping food. They may even bleed, so regular cleanings and personal consultations with your dentist will help avoid potential problems.
Extensive Dental Care during Pregnancy:
While some drugs have a small chance of adversely affecting the unborn child, studies have proven there are safe corrective procedures for most dental problems during pregnancy. This includes X-rays, cavity restoration, and root canals. No matter what trimester you are in, make sure your dentist knows about the pregnancy. He will then be able to administer the proper treatment.
Cavities and dental problems can potentially release bacteria into the mother’s body and the child due to infections and periodontal disease. Because of this, it is essential that they be treated during pregnancy. However, it is not advisable to undergo unnecessary cosmetic procedures during pregnancy. This limits even a minimal risk from affecting the unborn child. After delivery, these and any gum problems that persist should be brought to the attention of your dentist.
If you live in the Westborough area and would like to make an appointment with one of All Dental's professional staff, contact our local dental office to schedule an appointment.