Pregnancy is an amazing thing. However, there are some important things to keep in mind during this time. While pregnancy does not automatically damage your teeth, pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women. This can potentially result in gum disease and an increased risk of tooth decay.
Increased hormones during pregnancy can affect your body’s response to plaque (the layer of germs on your teeth). Luckily, with proper oral hygiene and professional care from Dr. Oreoluwa Adegun, your teeth should remain healthy throughout pregnancy.
Dental Disease & Baby Health
Dental disease can affect a developing baby. Research has found a link between gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth with low birth weight. While not yet confirmed, appropriate dental treatment for the expectant mother may reduce the risk of premature birth.
Taking Preventive Action
Preventive measures are key to ensuring the health of both you and your baby. You are less likely to have dental problems during pregnancy if you already have good oral hygiene habits in place. Be sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing, and visiting League City Elite Dentistry regularly.
Additionally, it is crucial that you increase your calcium and vitamin D intake during pregnancy. This will help to protect you and your baby’s health.
Tell Your Dentist if you are Pregnant
Be sure to tell Dr. Adegun if you are pregnant. This way you can get the proper care. For example, we may not take x-rays during this time. We’ll also be on the lookout for dental health problems that occur during pregnancy. This includes gum problems, vomiting, cravings for sugary foods, and dry heaving while brushing teeth.
Contact League City Elite Dentistry
For questions about pregnancy and oral health, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re always here to help provide the best care for you and your baby!