Congratulations on your pregnancy! Whether it’s your first baby or your fifth, you know it will mean big changes in your life – and many trips to the doctor to make sure all is well. It is important to stay healthy at this time, and it’s important to keep your teeth and mouth healthy, too! Here are some reasons why it is very important to keep up with your dental health while pregnant.
It may be hard to believe, but all of the hormonal changes your body is going through can affect your teeth and gums as well. These changes can increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease and make your gums feel swollen and painful. You may notice blood when you brush your teeth, and your gums may feel very sensitive.
These aren’t as scary as they sound, and they aren’t cancerous. But they are something your dentist will want to check for. These “tumors” are simply gum swelling between teeth that can occur during the second trimester. They are caused by excess plaque, which can be removed by your dentist.
Teeth can also be damaged by recurring morning sickness, which exposes them to stomach acid. Whatever the cause, the best way to fight oral problems that may occur when you are pregnant is to visit your dentist regularly. If you have pregnancy tumors or gingivitis, your dentist may recommend that you come in for cleanings more often.
You may be concerned about dental x-rays, anesthetics, and medications you may be prescribed at the dentist. These are generally safe for pregnant women, but the important thing is to let your dentist know you are pregnant (or even if you just think you might be pregnant) so that he or she can take that into account when treating you.
Your health and the health of your baby are the most important things on your mind right now. But for complete pregnancy health, don’t forget to take care of your teeth, too! Call the Konig Center for Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, Texas for an appointment. Call (713) 668-2289 today!