When you discover you are pregnant, it is a wondrous time of your life. But at the same time, there is a lot to worry about when you’re existing for two. So many things are going through a new mommy’s head – does everything change when you’re having a baby? What about our day-to-day routines, like dental hygiene?
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now advises that OB-GYNs conduct basic routine oral health assessments during pre-natal visits and recommends that pregnant women see a dentist during pregnancy. Routine cleaning, x-rays, and local anesthesia have been determined to be safe during pregnancy, so standard dental procedures such as dental fillings and root canals can be handled properly during pregnancy.
Pregnant women are particularly prone to periodontal disease due to hormonal changes. Research has shown that women with periodontal disease are at higher risk of delivering pre-term, low birth weight infants. For that reason, pregnant mothers with sore, swollen, or bleeding gums should be sure to schedule a checkup and cleaning because treating gingivitis early is significantly easier than treating advanced periodontal disease.
It has also been discovered that decay-causing bacteria can be transmitted from mother to baby, so proper cleaning can help minimize the presence of bacterial colonies in the baby after birth, decreasing the likelihood of decay in the child.
Beyond routine cleaning, typical dental advice still applies across the board – try to minimize sugary foods and drinks, brush with fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, and visit a dentist twice a year for a professional checkup. Congratulations, new mommy!
If you have questions or concerns regarding your pregnancy, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.
Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Richmond Hill and all surrounding areas.