12 Jan Pregnancy and Your Dental Health
Although it may seem cliché, pregnancy is a magical time in a woman’s life. It is an opportunity focus on health and wellness, both for yourself and for your new baby. It is also an opportunity to establish healthy habits that can be beneficial even after the baby is born.
Dr. Mark E. Massaro, your dentist serving Tulsa OK, understands the impact of pregnancy on your dental health, and is excited to guide you through this new period in your life.
Many of the oral hygiene habits that are important to your health throughout your lifetime can become doubly important during your pregnancy. Routine care such as brushing and flossing after meals becomes more critical during pregnancy when women tend to eat more frequent meals. Removing food particles and neutralizing acids in the mouth can prevent gum disease and cavities. These conditions are sources of infection within the body that can weaken the immune system.
Even more specifically, controlling periodontal disease should be a top priority during the months prior to, during, and after pregnancy. As the body adjusts to pregnancy, bleeding gums and gingival inflammation are common indicators of a heightened immune response. Although these symptoms are commonly seen during pregnancy, they should not be ignored. Following your dentist’s instructions regarding proper homecare can significantly reduce the symptoms.
As society becomes more aware of the intricate connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body, the link between your pregnancy and your dental health also becomes more evident. Unfortunate occurrences such as pre-term childbirth and low-birth weight babies have been attributed to uncontrolled periodontal disease.
Routine dental care should not be ignored or postponed during these precious months. These appointments are essential for identifying potential complications, eliminating unnecessary discomfort, and ongoing advice. Speak to your physician and your dentist about the most appropriate dental care. Procedures such as cleanings and fillings are generally safe for both mother and baby. Elective procedures like teeth whitening and routine x-rays are typically recommended after the baby is born.
To learn more about keeping your dental health in peak condition throughout your pregnancy, call the office of Dr. Massaro at 918.743.9924 and schedule your dental visit today.