Dental Health for Expectant Mothers

Jan 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Family Dentistry, Gum Disease

dental healthGood dental hygiene is not difficult, and typically only requires a few minutes out of your day. Nevertheless, even the little things take on elevated importance when you’re expecting, and your oral health is no exception. Pregnancy brings with it a host of concerns, including lifestyle shifts and a closer attention to your health, and your teeth may not always seem important in comparison. Richmond dentistDr. Stefan Moiceanu, explains the dangers of neglecting your oral health when you’re expecting, and provides a few tips for keeping your smile healthy during this magical time.

Pregnancy and Oral Health

The hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy have a pronounced effect on your body’s functions. For instance, the increased level of progesterone during pregnancy can create a hospitable environment for oral bacteria to grow, especially the gingivitis germ, Porphyromonas gingivalis. Because of these hormone changes, around 50-70% of women develop gingivitis (gum inflammation), which can quickly progress into gum disease without abrupt treatment. Mothers have long been warned that the presence of gum disease while pregnant can significantly increase the risk of preterm, low weight birth.

Challenges of Pregnant Dental Health

Generally, any dental work aside from a checkup and cleaning should be postponed until after your baby has been born. If a progressive dental disease such as tooth decay or gum disease develops, however, treatment may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection. Dental fillings, crowns, and other routine procedures are typically safe, but you can reduce your risk of needing dental work by staying vigilant about your hygiene. Brush your teeth after each meal if possible, or at least twice a day, and floss at least once. Adhere to a strict schedule of regular dental exams and cleanings to increase your oral protection.

Protect Your Family’s Dental Health

To learn more about maintaining a strong and healthy smile, whether pregnant or not, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moiceanu at our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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