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Oral Health Care When Expecting

Congratulations on your upcoming arrival! You’re embarking on an incredible journey. As your family dentist in 92129, we’re here to assure our moms-to-be that their oral health will take top priority during throughout their pregnancy to keep both mom and baby healthy.

Is It Safe To Visit The Dentist While Pregnant?

Because so much of your dental health may change when you are pregnant, we highly recommend making a preliminary visit to the dentist as part of the important planning phase for your expanding family.

  • Take care of cleanings or cavity fillings before your baby is born (you’ll be thankful you had the time!)
  • Monitor or prepare for any pregnancy-related dental symptoms, which could be related to anything from a change in diet to increased risks of developing pregnancy gingivitis
  • Support good oral health when it is crucial for the overall health of yourself and your child

When Do I Tell My Dentist I’m Pregnant?

There will be a day when nine months seems to have gone in a flash! If you think you may be pregnant, call our office at (858) 484-4880 or visit our office in Rancho Peñasquitos today to schedule an appointment. Let us know how far along you may be in your pregnancy, as this can help us plan for your oral health journey accordingly.

How Does Dental Health Change During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy affects your oral health in dramatic ways. As hormones change and the body begins to care for a new life, expectant mothers may benefit from the support of their dentist and dental hygienist, who can help keep them informed about changes in their bodies.

The most common changes in oral health that pregnant mothers face are an increase in risks for tooth decay or cavities (where symptoms such as morning sickness can introduce harmful acidity into the mouth), and pregnancy gingivitis, a form of inflammatory periodontal disease.

Pregnancy Gingivitis: Limit The Risk Early-On

Studies have shown a link between gingivitis, also known as periodontal disease, and preterm, low-birthweight babies. If you have noticed that your gums look red, swollen or are tender to the touch, don’t hesitate to call your local dentist.

Symptoms of gum disease such as gums that bleed when brushing may indicate that you have gum disease, where excessive bacteria becomes trapped below the gumline to enter the bloodstream. For expectant mothers, this bacteria can travel to the uterus, where chemicals suspected to induce premature labor may be triggered.

A proactive visit to the dentist may be all you need to prepare for your child’s birth wisely and keep your oral health and wellbeing satisfied.

Is Fluoride Toothpaste Safe During Pregnancy?

The American Dental Association (ADA) advocates that fluoridated toothpaste is safe. They also recommend that pregnant women brush their teeth with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste twice a day to support tooth and gum health.

Dental Care And Pregnancy

Keeping you and your baby healthy during and after pregnancy is essential to maintaining your overall health. At Carmel Mountain Dental Care, we love sharing healthy tips for our growing families in Rancho Peñasquitos, Poway, and nearby. Contact our office today at (858) 484-4880 and feel free to ask any question or schedule an appointment!

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