Are you expecting a little one? If so, congratulations! You likely have a thousand things on your mind as you prepare for this wonderful, life-changing event, so we’re going to make this easy for you by giving you all the information you need about how to maintain your oral health throughout your pregnancy.
First, it’s important to know that poor oral hygiene during pregnancy has been linked to premature deliveries, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. With that on the table, the first piece of advice we can give is to keep up to date with your regular oral hygiene routine that should include flossing daily and brushing twice per day. If you’re currently not flossing daily and brushing every morning and evening, it’s not too late to start!
The second piece of advice we can give is to keep up with your regular visits to your dentist in St. Jacobs so we can monitor you for dental issues that can arise during pregnancy. Most issues are easy to treat if they’re caught early, so continuing to visit the dentist is crucial to maintaining your oral health at this delicate time.
In some cases, the hormonal changes you experience during pregnancy can create conditions like ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ which is an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness.
Pregnant women can also be more prone to cavities due to morning sickness and consuming more carbohydrates that usual. Both are situations that can cause tooth decay and eventually lead to the development of cavities.
Some women also develop ‘pregnancy tumours’ in the gums, most often in the third trimester. These tumours are not cancer, but they present as swelling in between the teeth and may be related to excess plaque. They will usually disappear after the baby is born.
These are a few changes you may experience during your pregnancy, and our team is here to help identify and manage these issues as well as any other dental situations that come up.
If you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant and want an assessment of your oral health, call our team today. St. Jacobs Dental Care is always welcoming new patients and emergencies.