What To Expect About Your Oral Health Now That You're Expecting

Friday, September 14th, 2012, 9:40 pm

When you are expecting a baby lots of things about your body are going to change. One change that many women don’t know to watch out for is increased chance of gum disease. The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy may cause problems even if you’ve always had a healthy mouth.

Hopefully you planned a dental visit before you started planning your family. Starting out with healthy teeth and gums is important for you and your baby.

Developing gum disease during pregnancy is common so don’t panic but don’t avoid visiting the dentist either. Pregnancy gingivitis is a temporary condition causes the gums to become red, inflamed and bleed easily. It is common and usually disappears three to six months after delivery as long as good oral hygiene care is followed.

Years ago visiting the dentist during pregnancy was avoided but now we know that receiving dental care during pregnancy is not dangerous to the mother or baby. Skipping the 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. Normal dental procedures during pregnancy are fine, you can get the fillings you need without having to wait 9 long months.

Remember to let us know about any changes in your medical condition prior to treatment. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your dental hygiene visit. A healthy smile is important for you and for the health of your new baby!

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