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Prenatal dental care for mom and baby

Prenatal care is an important part of your pregnancy journey. Taking care of your oral health has many benefits for you and your baby. While dental hygiene may not be the first thing on your mind during this special time, taking care of your teeth will support excellent oral health through pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

 

5 reasons to make a prenatal appointment with your dentist

  • Pregnancy gingivitis: As you know, your body is going through major changes in order to create a little human being. Your hormone levels affect nearly every part of your body, including your mouth. Many women experience gum bleeding during pregnancy. Your dentist can help you to improve/preserve excellent gum health during your pregnancy and after.
  • Morning sickness: One of the more difficult parts of pregnancy is morning sickness. Many women experience morning sickness at some point during their pregnancy. This can cause severe nausea and even vomiting. The contents of the stomach are very acidic, and when this acid touches your teeth, it can cause enamel breakdown and decay. Your dentist can suggest the best methods for protecting your enamel and preserving oral health.

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  • Cavity-causing bacteria: Some pregnant women have unknown gum or tooth infections. Left untreated, the bacteria causing these infections can be passed to the baby. A dentist can screen for any dental infections and treat them safely and effectively, protecting both you and your baby.
  • Tooth decay: If a mom has untreated tooth decay, this may cause problems in her pregnancy. Studies have linked untreated tooth decay to potential preterm delivery and low birth weight. Your dentist will know how to treat tooth decay safely during pregnancy.
  • Sores and lesions Some pregnant women develop painful sores and lesions in their mouths during pregnancy. A dentist will know how to treat these safely and effectively so that mothers can be comfortable and continue functioning normally.

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Tips for excellent oral health during pregnancy

  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
  • Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day
  • Floss daily to avoid gingivitis
  • Avoid sucking on hard or sticky candies
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Take a daily prenatal vitamin
  • Receive good prenatal care from a qualified physician
  • Avoid excessive consumption of soda
  • Do not smoke

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Book a prenatal appointment

Our dentists are highly trained in prenatal dentistry and are happy to assist you during this special time. Give us a call and let us take care of the details.

Book a prenatal appointment

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