Pregnancy & The Mother’s Dental Health
When you are pregnant, plenty of advice will flow your way. Colleagues, relatives and friends will all be advising you on what to eat, what to avoid, how to exercise, how to avoid stretch marks, how to avoid morning sickness, and more. However, it’s unlikely that you will get someone advising you on the importance of taking good dental care as an expectant mother. Dentistry at Rea Village has a few things to keep in mind for the mom to be.
There is an out-dated myth that stated “you lose a tooth with every pregnancy”. But as I said, it’s just a myth. It is not automatic that the state of your mouth will decline during pregnancy and you can do nothing about it. It is common for many women to experience some changes in their oral health during pregnancy because of a surge in hormones, particularly increased production of progesterone and estrogen.
The hormones can amplify the way gum tissues react to plaque; and if plaque isn’t removed, it can lead to gingivitis (red, swollen and tender gums that bleed easily). If you already have gingivitis, the condition can worsen during pregnancy. When gingivitis is untreated, it can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontal disease.
Research has shown that there is a link between gum disease in pregnant women and babies being born prematurely with low birth weight. Such babies risk a range of health conditions such as cerebral palsy and hearing or eyesight defects.
Therefore, it is paramount that you maintain good mother’s dental health during pregnancy to avoid these problems. From simple dental care practices such as proper brushing and flossing to dental check-ups and dental treatment by a dentist, it’s easy to safeguard your dental health as well as your baby’s health. Schedule your dental visit with Dentistry at Rea Village today.