Maintaining oral health during pregnancy is important because the increase in hormones during this time can increase the risk of dental problems, including periodontal (gum and bone) disease. These are potential problems that can also harm your baby. Remember that it is safe for pregnant women to have their teeth cleaned during pregnancy, although x-rays should only be performed in an emergency.
- Untreated Oral Infections Can Affect the Health of your Child. It has been estimated that 40% of pregnant women have some form of gum disease or tooth decay. However, if left untreated, pregnant women with periodontal disease can increase the risk of premature birth, low birth rate and also increase the risk that your child will also have dental problems later in life. Babies who are born prematurely have a higher risk of developmental complications, asthma, and ear infections, among other complications.
- Morning Sickness Can Cause Tooth Decay. Stomach acid that is left on your teeth after vomiting can cause tooth decay. To avoid this, it is important to rinse your mouth with water or with a fluoride rinse after vomiting.
- The “Soft Teeth” Wives Tale Isn’t Completely False. In fact, there is a connection between a mother’s and a child’s teeth as a type of bacteria can be passed between mother and baby, which makes it easier for children to get cavities. To minimize having your child deal with cavities, ensure that a child doesn’t go to bed with anything to drink except for water and wipe your baby’s mouth clean after every time that he or she has something to eat. In addition, ensure that your child has his or her first dental appointment as soon as one year or within six months of the baby getting his or her first tooth.
- Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings Are the Best Ways to Prevent Periodontal Disease. Schedule a checkup and cleaning during your first trimester. If you do require additional work, it is best to have this done during your second trimester (during the fourth and sixth month of your pregnancy).
- Eating Well is Important for Oral Health. Ensure that you get enough calcium, vitamin A, C, D as well as protein and phosphorus. A multivitamin can also act as a good supplement. Eating well can also allow you to build strong teeth and bones in your baby as well.
Oral health during pregnancy is very important. Contact Sierra Dental for a checkup and cleaning today.