Your oral health has a direct impact on your overall health, and poor dental hygiene can lead to several severe medical conditions such as heart disease. It can also exacerbate preexisting conditions and for pregnant women, it can lead to serious complications. However, dental problems are also common in pregnant women, making it essential that you closely monitor your dental health throughout your pregnancy. SD Sedation Dentistry provides general dentistry to San Diego residents and can help you protect your health and your baby’s all during your pregnancy.
Protecting Your Dental Health During Pregnancy
Routine dental care can keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent complications that could harm your unborn child. Follow all of the same basic dental health practices you’d adhere normally, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily and replacing your toothbrush every three months. Also, since you should be getting a complete dental check-up and cleaning at least twice a year, make sure one of those appointments is during your pregnancy. However, avoid booking your dental exam during your first trimester or during the second half of your third trimester, because the baby experiences critical developmental periods during these times. Instead, schedule a dental exam for your second trimester and don’t undergo any optional dental treatments anytime during the pregnancy. Also, don’t have a dental X-ray during your pregnancy unless it’s an emergency.
Dietary and Lifestyle Considerations
To protect your dental health during your pregnancy and beyond, avoid sugary foods and drinks as well as cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. Just as eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is good for your overall health, it’s also good for your teeth and can provide you some of the greatest protection against gingivitis, periodontal disease and other dental diseases. Also, eat a diet rich in dairy to promote proper development of your baby’s teeth.
When to Seek Dental Care
It’s important to seek prompt treatment if you experience dental problems during your pregnancy. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if your gums become swollen or tender or if they’re red. You might need emergency dental treatment if any of your teeth become loose, if your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or if your gums begin to recede. These symptoms could indicate periodontal disease, which can cause significant health problems for you and your baby.
Consequences of Poor Dental Hygiene During Pregnancy
A mother’s poor oral health can serious birth defects and complications, including premature birth, low birth weight, cerebral palsy and developmental or mental difficulties.
Safeguard your dental health and your baby’s health by scheduling an appointment with SD Sedation Dentistry, a full-service dental clinic providing high-quality general dentistry services to San Diego residents. Call (619) 320-1987 to schedule an appointment today.