Dental care during and after pregnancy
We all are aware that pregnancy brings along a lot of changes in women’s body and the mouth isn’t spared. So, it becomes really important to take good care of one’s teeth and gums during this period.
Pregnancy results in hormonal changes that increase the risk of women to develop gum disease, which may also affect the health of your developing baby.
Here are some tips that will help you to maintain good oral health throughout as well after the period of pregnancy.
Fix a prior dental appointment then your pregnancy. This will help you to get your teeth cleaned professionally, gum tissue can be examined properly, and if there are any oral health issues that can be treated in advance.
Dental care during pregnancy
· Make sure your dentist knows that you are pregnant. Regular dental care, as well as an urgent procedure, can be undertaken at any time during pregnancy. However, all elective dental procedures have to be kept on hold till the delivery. Always consult with your obstetrician before making an appointment with the dentist, if any special precautions need to be taken.
· Do tell your dentist all the names and dosage of drugs you are taking both medications as well prenatal vitamins prescribed by your healthcare provider. Also, mention if any specific medical precaution your doctor has asked to take. Your dentist may plan your dental treatment according to the given information.
· Your dentist has to be very careful about you and your baby’s safety, including covering your abdomen and thyroid while doing dental X-rays. Due to technology advancement X-rays have become much safer these days than in past decades.
· Being pregnant is not an excuse to skip your dental checkup appointment. As we know pregnancy causes hormonal changes, which means you are more vulnerable to get the periodontal disease and tender gums that bleed easily – this condition is called as pregnancy gingivitis. So, it becomes even more important than any other time for regular periodontal examination.
· Strictly follow good oral health practices to avoid or reduce oral health problems.
· Avoid sugary snacks for the sake of baby’s health. Always remember that frequent snacking can increase the risk of developing tooth decay.
Dental care after delivery
Fix a dental appointment soon after the delivery, if you have had any gum problems during your pregnancy. Your dentist will examine your entire mouth and evaluate periodontal health.