Why Moms-to-Be Need Extra Dental TLC

Ask any expecting mother what she wants to get done before her bundle of joy arrives and youll likely be greeted with a mile-long to-do list. What may not be on that list, though, is some extra care in the dental department. After a newly expecting mom makes her first doctors appointment, she should dial up her dentist as well. A dental checkup and cleaning during the first trimester will allow the dentist to identify any problems that should be taken care of during the second trimester, the safest time for dental work during pregnancy.1 If a dental emergency should happen to crop up during the third trimester, the mom-to-be should consult her obstetrician before moving forward with any procedures.1 Increased hormones specifically, estrogen and progesterone1 are the culprits behind many pregnancy woes; how gum tissue reacts to plaque is no exception. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is what happens when plaque isnt removed from teeth.2 Pregnancy gingivitis affects some expecting women, usually sometime between the second and eighth month of pregnancy, and is characterized by redness, swelling, tenderness and bleeding. To make sure plaque build-up doesnt occur, pregnant women should be sure to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least daily, paying special attention to the gum line.2 Pregnancy tumors, red growths of gum tissue found between the teeth2, may also make an unwelcome appearance during pregnancy. The good news? Theyre totally benign and usually go away on their own.1 If the tumors are irritating or interfering with the ability to clean teeth or eat, however, they may have to be surgically removed.1 Staying on top of cleanings and plaque production during pregnancy isnt just beneficial to the mother studies have shown that a pregnant womans oral health is linked to her babys overall health.2 Help keep your teeth and your baby healthy by giving your oral health a little extra attention during pregnancy.

1 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD36 2 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,20472


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