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Pregnancy And Oral Health

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Good oral health is particularly important during pregnancy. Gingivitis can occur often in pregnant women attributable to the secretion of hormonal changes that occur. Gingivitis results from plaque that has not properly been cleaned off from the teeth. It will result in gum irritation making them tender and sure to bleed.  Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause gingivitis, which if not taken care of, can lead to a more serious condition of periodontal diseases.

To fight periodontal disease, completely brush and floss the teeth and eat a healthy diet to help keep your gums healthy.

Good nutrition is very important throughout pregnancy for variety of reasons, as well as for your child’s teeth. The baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth month of pregnancy.  Foods which provide vitamins A, C and D, protein, calcium, and phosphorus are important to eat. Follow your physician’s recommendation concerning your diet.

Pregnant woman might have the desire or craving to eat between meals. It’s common and natural, however frequent snacking will result in deposits on the teeth. Soft, sticky, sweet foods are harmful and should be restricted.

Keep your dental practitioner informed of any changes in your health, any changes in your medications and any recommendation passed on by your MD.

What Can I Do to Ensure I Have a Healthy Pregnancy?

The best dental health advice is to visit your dentist for a checkup and to treat any oral issues before getting pregnant.

What Oral Problems Might Develop During My Pregnancy?

During your pregnancy, your teeth and gums require extra attention.  Customary brushing and flossing, eating healthy and going to your dental practitioner consistently will help diminish dental issues that come with pregnancy.

Studies show that many pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis, when dental plaque builds up on the teeth and irritates the gums. Symptoms include red, inflamed and bleeding gums.

During pregnancy gingivitis occurs more frequently because the level of hormones increases which influences the way gums react to the irritants in plaque. However, it’s still plaque — not hormones — that is the major cause of gingivitis.

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