If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental troubles during pregnancy. Today’s post contains important information for expectant Boise mothers and those planning to become pregnant.
Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning handled by one of the experienced dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.
The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.
If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment today by calling 208-922-6902. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.
If you receive dental treatment at Blaisdell Family Dentistry during your pregnancy, be sure to inform our team that you are expecting. This will affect decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.
Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to cavities. If you are eating many small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.
Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. It is vital that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific guidance for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.
At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we take special care of our patients who are expecting.
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