So you’re expecting. Congratulations! Did you know that your oral health can impact your pregnancy – and vice versa? Well, it’s true! Here are some questions and answers to consider:
Q: What effects can my oral health have on my pregnancy?
A: Studies suggest that there may be a link between gum disease and premature, underweight births. This may be because gum disease triggers higher levels of those biological fluids that induce labor.
Q: What oral problems might show up during my pregnancy?
A: It’s fairly common for women to develop gestational gingivitis. In other words, while you are pregnant, you are at an increased risk of experiencing plaque buildup and gum irritation, leading to red, inflamed and bleeding gums. This is because your higher hormone levels augment your gums’ reaction to plaque irritants.
Q: What can I do to have a healthy baby and healthy mouth?
A: If you are not yet pregnant but plan to be, take care of any oral health concerns first. If you already are, the best things you can do are to give special attention to your oral hygiene routine, eat a balanced diet, and visit your dentist regularly. It’s best to schedule your dental visit during your fourth to sixth month of pregnancy. That way, if there are any oral issues due to the pregnancy, Dr. Kevin Harris will be able to catch them and help you reverse its effects. Also, you won’t be so pregnant that you are uncomfortable in the dental chair.
Are you ready for your dental appointment? Call Comfort Dental Excellence in Spring, Texas, at 281.376.4533 to book it as soon as possible. Make sure to let us know that you are pregnant when you schedule the appointment so we can be prepared to help you accordingly. Thanks for stopping by!