Pregnancy Changes Your Oral HealthWednesday, February 15th, 2012, 8:10 am
Pregnancy changes lots of things, including your oral health. Good oral health is essential for both mother and baby and you should start by visiting your dentist as soon as you start planning your family. Starting a pregnancy with healthy gums protects you and your baby.
The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy may mean changing your usual dental routine. Even women who have healthy teeth and gums can experience pregnancy gingivitis. This temporary condition causes the gums to become red, inflamed and bleed easily. It is very common and usually disappears three to six months after delivery as long as good oral hygiene care is followed.
Visiting the dentist during pregnancy used to be avoided but now we know that receiving dental care during pregnancy is not dangerous to the mother or baby. Avoiding your dentist at this time is a more dangerous choice because several studies have linked the bacteria in gum disease to a higher risk of pre-term birth.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment. Working together we can ensure a healthy smile for you during your pregnancy.