Caring for Your Teeth During PregnancySaturday, May 10th, 2014, 12:06 am
With all the changes that happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy, dental health can easily be forgotten. However, pregnant women should never neglect caring for their teeth and gums. Though many do not realize it, women face a host of a serious dental issues during pregnancy.
Let’s take a look at some of the most concerning dental issues among pregnant women today:
- Pregnancy tumors. Pregnancy tumors are red, lumpy growths that appear along the gum line and between teeth. These lumps tend to bleed easily, and can cause a great deal of discomfort. Despite the word “tumor” being part of the name, these growths are not cancerous. They can be removed if they prove to be extremely painful, but they will usually disappear on their own once the baby is born.
- Gingivitis. Pregnant women usually find themselves at an increased risk for developing the gum disease gingivitis. Common symptoms of gingivitis include swelling, and tenderness of the gums. Usually, the gums will also bleed when the patient brushes his or her teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause long-term damage to the tissues holding the teeth in place. Scheduling regular, professional dental cleanings can prevent this condition from becoming worse.
- Tooth decay. During pregnancy, women usually experience food cravings which cause them to snack frequently, and often, not wisely. Tooth decay is usually linked to poor diet, specially when one snacks on foods that are high in either starches or complex sugars. Eating a great deal of sugary foods can significantly weaken your tooth enamel, which may eventually result in tooth decay.
During pregnancy, it is important to schedule regular oral examinations with your dentist. If any dental issues are found, treatments can be delayed, so that complications to the unborn child will be prevented. Normally, though, women will be able to maintain their dental healthy simply by brushing and flossing regularly. If you are pregnant, speak with your dentist, who can help you establish and maintain an effective dental care plan!
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If you’re ready to learn more about caring for your teeth during pregnancy, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to serving you.