Dental Health During Pregnancy
- Posted on: Mar 5 2014
During pregnancy, women experience a great deal of changes. With so many changes taking place during this time, taking proper care of your teeth is often forgotten. However, keeping your teeth and gums healthy should never be overlooked, even during pregnancy.
In fact, pregnant women are at risk for some very concerning dental issues. Some of these issues include:
- Gingivitis. Pregnant women are at greater risk for experiencing gingivitis. This is a common form of gum disease that causes the swelling and tenderness of gums. Gums may bleed slightly whenever one brushes or flosses the teeth, and if left untreated, gingivitis can cause further damage to the tissues that hold teeth in place. Professional dental cleanings can help prevent this condition from occurring.
- Pregnancy tumors. Some women may begin to see the appearance of these red, lumpy growths along the gum line and between the teeth. These lumps bleed easily, and can be a major source of discomfort for pregnant women. Despite their name, however, these growths are not cancerous. They can be removed if they become bothersome, although they typically disappear on their own following pregnancy.
- Tooth decay. During pregnancy, many women experience food cravings that cause them to snack frequently. Tooth decay is usually linked to a poor diet, especially when one snacks on foods that are high in sugar or starches. Eating a great deal of sugar weakens tooth enamel, which can eventually lead to tooth decay.
While pregnant, women should schedule regular oral exams and cleanings with their dentist. If there is an issue, x-rays and exams can be delayed until after a baby is born to prevent any possible complications. Many women can successfully prevent dental complications by simply maintaining a healthy diet and effective dental care regimen, including daily brushing and flossing. Your dentist will work closely with your to establish the most effective care plan possible.
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If you have any questions regarding dental care during your pregnancy, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We have nine locations and twelve affiliate locations throughout the New York metropolitan area including the Bronx, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Midtown Manhattan, Yonkers, Farmingville, Hauppauge, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma. We look forward to serving you!