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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Taking good care of your oral health during pregnancy does not mean any harm. In fact, oral health care is suitable for pregnant women and the babies inside them.

Mouth and teeth are essential during pregnancy, but most women forget about them when they are pregnant. However, there are many things you should know about them when you are expecting a child. Here’s a compilation of the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy and oral health.

Do’s about Oral Health during Pregnancy

    • Visit your dentist as soon as you find out you are carrying a child and tell this specialist for how long you have been pregnant.

    • Tell your dentist the background of all your medical conditions, including your child’s, or the risks involved in your pregnancy, if any.

    • Ask your dentist for advisement on your buccal health during your pregnancy, what you can and cannot do, so you can make plans ahead.

    • Even if you are not pregnant yet, but are planning to, make an appointment with your dentist to do an early treatment of any dental problems that might be affected by a potential pregnancy.

    • Pregnancy may affect your oral health with something known as gum disease or pregnancy gingivitis. You may also experience pregnancy tumors, which are little buccal bumps, so plan a visit to your dentist if you feel soreness in your gums or anything similar.

    • Brush and floss your teeth regularly, as you usually would, to avoid and treat gum disease and potential tooth falloff.

    • Perform X-Rays (only if needed). Some of these problems are bone loss, infected root canals, and tooth deterioration. The only thing about X-Rays is that some studies show that some babies might be born with a little low-weight. You can consult this with your dentist if you have any doubts or if you can postpone this procedure.

Don’ts about Oral Health during Pregnancy

    • Do not brush your teeth violently; you may cause your gums to bleed unexpectedly or cause soreness in them.

    • Never attempt to try any natural or home remedy to make oral tumors disappear. They regularly go away after birth, and if not, your dentist may get rid of them with a small surgical procedure.

    • Do not take your oral healthcare for granted. Severe or even moderate gum disease may cause a low-birth-weight child or even an early delivery of the baby.

    • You should not believe everything people say. Dental cleanings are harmless to your pregnant body and unborn baby. These procedures help to keep teeth and gums healthy while pregnant. Some dentists even have dental plans exclusive for pregnant patients; you only need to ask if yours does.

    • Dental X-Rays are no longer harmful for pregnant patients. In fact, they are sometimes crucial to discover dental conditions you would not find out about if not performing this procedure, such as dental deterioration, teeth fall off, and infected root canal.

    • Do not have anesthesia applied during the first three months of pregnancy. This is related to an early miscarriage of the child. Avoid this anytime you can. In case you need to go through a dental procedure, such as root canal treatment, ask the dentist if they can do this after giving birth, or at least after the first six months of pregnancy.

Expecting a child is a beautiful experience. Many women who are pregnant are often told to do several things, such as taking care of their weight, the food they eat, and many parts of their bodies. Even if people forget about the teeth when pregnancy comes, it is vital to take care of these potential dental conditions during pregnancy as soon as you can.

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