Talk to your Nepean Dental Clinic About Changes to Dental Hygiene During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time for joy, excitement and anticipation, but it’s also a time of careful observance of one’s health. Knowing what to do regarding any health issue is vital during pregnancy, and one aspect that should not be overlooked is oral health.
What many don’t realize is that your dental hygiene needs change during pregnancy and it’s important to know what to do and what not to do. Here are some things you may not know about dental care during pregnancy.
Before you are pregnant
If you are planning to try for a pregnancy, it’s a good idea to inform your local Nepean dentist and go for a checkup. Your dentist will do a thorough exam, giving you the chance to clear up any existing dental issues before becoming pregnant. Ideally this would eliminate the need to undergo dental procedures during pregnancy, which can be risky for the baby’s development.
Keep your Nepean dentist in the know
If you are pregnant, your dentist needs to know so that he or she can react accordingly. Be sure to inform them of any medications you have been prescribed and their doses, as well as any prenatal vitamins you may be taking. If your medical doctor has given you health advice or cautions, it’s important that you tell your dentist as well as all of the above could influence dental treatment.
Avoid dental procedures during certain periods
There are two periods of pregnancy when it is particularly risky to the health and development of your baby to undergo dental procedures, during the first full trimester and the last half of the third trimester. During this time dental procedures should be avoided except in the case of an emergency. All elective procedures should be postponed fully until after delivery. Routine care and cleanings can be performed safely for most women during the second trimester. Though x-ray technology has improved dramatically in safety during recent years, it’s still safest to avoid it altogether during pregnancy.
See your Nepean dentist for regular check-ups while pregnant
This might seem to contradict the advice above about avoiding dental procedures during pregnancy. However, it’s still important to visit your local Nepean dental clinic during all stages of pregnancy to keep a lookout for changes in your oral health that can occur during pregnancy. A good Nepean dentist will check regularly for signs of a condition commonly referred to as “pregnancy gingivitis”, a condition that occurs in nearly half of expectant mothers. Pregnancy gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes the gums to swell, bleed and increase in tenderness. This occurs because of changes in hormone levels, making your gums more susceptible to bacteria in the mouth. Pregnant women are also at greater risk of contracting periodontal disease.
It’s also important throughout pregnancy to practice good, consistent oral hygiene to protect from disease, illness and prevent dental emergencies. For more information on safe dental hygiene and care during pregnancy, contact your local Nepean dental clinic.