The Importance of Seeing the Dentist During Pregnancy

The Importance of Seeing the Dentist During Pregnancy

Sep 01, 2018

Are you pregnant? Congratulations! Having a baby is a very exciting time in your life! It’s also a very busy time for you – scheduling your regular checkups, special tests and bloodwork can all keep you busy. We want to add one more thing to your list while you’re setting up your appointments; we want you to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Korous, too!

Why Do I Need to See the Dentist During My Pregnancy?

Pregnancy changes everything about your body – including your mouth! Taking the time to see Dr. Korous while you are pregnant will help you keep a healthy mouth and body and also protect the health of your unborn baby. Not to mention, our warm, relaxing environment complete with massage chair and warm towels after every treatment will leave you feeling rested and relaxed. What mom-to-be wouldn’t want that?

Oral Health and Pregnancy

The hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy can wreak havoc on your oral health. These changes can cause the development of a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. Like regular gingivitis, pregnancy gingivitis causes redness, swelling, irritation, and bleeding of the gums. If pregnancy gingivitis is left untreated, you may end up with a more advanced form of periodontal disease. Doesn’t sound like a big deal? Think again. Periodontal disease has been linked to the development of serious heart and lung conditions, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been shown to cause low-birth-weight babies and preterm labor, too.

What Can You Do to Lower Your Risk of Oral Health Problems During Pregnancy?

As we mentioned, seeing Dr. Korous for regular checkups and cleanings is the first step. In addition, we want you to practice good oral hygiene habits at home, too. Brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss at least once per day.

I’m Pregnant. Can I Have X-rays?

Both the American Dental Association and the American Pregnancy Association say that the amount of radiation you and your unborn child are exposed to during a dental X-ray is minimal and does not cause harm to an unborn baby or pregnant mother.

We do understand that some patients want to delay having dental X-rays until after their first trimester or until after they deliver. Just let us know your preference when you schedule your appointment.

Call Millennium Smiles today at 972-987-4899 to schedule your appointment or to talk about your concerns regarding your dental health and your pregnancy.