Why Moms-to-Be Need Extra Dental TLC

Ask an expectant mother what she wants to get done before D(elivery)-Day and you’ll likely be greeted with a mile-long to-do list. What may not be on that list, though, is some extra dental care.

After an expectant mom makes her first doctor’s appointment, she should dial up her dentist. A dental checkup and cleaning during the first trimester will let the dentist identify problems to be treated during the second trimester, the safest time for dental work during pregnancy.1 If a dental emergency should 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, including how gum tissue reacts to plaque. “Pregnancy gingivitis” affects some pregnant women, usually sometime between the second and eighth month of pregnancy, and is characterized by redness, swelling, tenderness, and bleeding. To make sure plaque buildup doesn’t occur, pregnant women should brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once daily, paying special attention to the gum line.2

“Pregnancy tumors,” red growths of gum tissue between the teeth2, may also make an unwelcome appearance during pregnancy. The good news? They’re totally benign and usually go away on their own,1 though if they’re irritating or interfere with the ability to clean teeth or eat, they may have to be surgically removed.1

Staying on top of cleanings during pregnancy isn’t just beneficial to the mother; studies have shown a pregnant woman’s oral health is linked to her baby’s overall health.2 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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