When you are pregnant you have many questions about your health, including your dental health. Should you change anything you are doing? Are certain procedures safe? How can you make sure you and your baby will continue to be healthy throughout the pregnancy?
The most important thing to remember is to take care of your dental health as it does affect your overall health as well as that of your baby. Brush twice a day, for at least two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. When choosing a toothpaste, always look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance to make sure the toothpaste is safe, effective, and that it contains the fluoride you need for good dental health.
Taking good care of your teeth during your pregnancy is critical for you and your baby. The March of Dimes cites studies that link periodontitis (a gum disease) and premature birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and low birthweight (less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces).
Those pregnancy hormones can also affect your dental health. During pregnancy you are more prone to gingivitis, tooth decay, and even loose teeth. It’s even more important to visit your dentist regularly during pregnancy, to get a professional cleaning and checkup. You’ll want to be sure to head off these potential problems before they become bigger concerns.
Let your dentist know as soon as you know you are pregnant. Also let the dentist know if you are taking any medications or supplements and if your pregnancy is considered high-risk. These factors will affect the way the dentist treats you, to be sure you and your baby remain safe and healthy.
X-rays are safe for pregnant women. The amount of radiation from dental x-rays is very low and your dentist will also be sure you and your baby are protected. At Johns Family & Implant Dentistry, we use digital x-rays, which allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays.
Taking care of your dental health is particularly important when you are pregnant. Brush and floss regularly, eat well, drink lots of water, and see your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. Good dental health will help ensure good overall health for you and your baby!