Poor Oral Health Can Result in Pregnancy Difficulties
There is a lot of new scientific information out there stating a clear effect of poor oral health on an unborn baby. Women who have been known to have gum disease may have a higher risk for a premature birth.
While research is still in its early stages, there are clear links. Babies can be at risk for low birth weights. Also, gum disease can cause the body to produce hormones to cause early labor. The risk of having a baby early is very real.
There Are Some Steps to Take to Keep the Baby Healthy
One of the most important things to do is to visit a doctor that specializes in childbirth and pregnancies. A doctor can run tests and give the best advice to help have a healthy baby.
While pregnant it is important to always brush your teeth and floss regularly. Eating the right foods can help promote good health too. A dental appointment to keep teeth in check is important to do also.
Oral Problems Can Happen While Pregnant
A lot of pregnant women end up having some form of dental issue. The main issue that is found while pregnant is pregnancy gingivitis. This happens when plaque builds up and begins to cause some irritation to the gum line and gums.
One noticeable symptom of pregnancy gingivitis is bleeding gums. Do note that sometimes it may start off as inflamed gums that appear really red.
The best thing to do to prevent pregnancy gingivitis is to brush on a regular basis. The gum line should be brushed daily, but gently. Foods that are high in sweets should be avoided also, including a large number of fruits.
Important Information to Know About Dental Visits during Pregnancy
When going to the dentist for the first time while pregnant, it is important to inform the dentist that you are pregnant. The first trimester, which is the first three months of pregnancy, can be very fragile. It is important to wait until the second trimester (the fourth month) to visit the dentist.
The first trimester is not usually prescribed pain medication, dental anesthesia, or antibiotics. Even X-rays may be delayed. However, in certain situations, this may be necessary. Tetracycline is never prescribed. The last three months should be avoided if at all possible. Dentists are careful to monitor past medical to ensure the safety of the baby.
Sometimes emergency dental visits are needed. It is important to let the dental office know that you are pregnant before the appointment. A full discussion of past medical care is necessary. Disclosure of past miscarriages or any drugs that may be being used at the time should be noted.
If there are any questions you can reach Weston Dental Office at (416) 247-1928. We can help answer any questions. We may want to work with a primary to monitor any other needs. Always follow prescriptions as prescribed.