Because oral health is directly linked to overall health, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all recommend that women continue to get dental care while pregnant. Maintaining routine dental checkups and cleanings at least twice a year or once every six months is important for everyone. It remains important for you if you are pregnant. Not only can a visit to your dentist’s office in Fort Worth, TX, be a helpful way to maintain your smile’s health, it can also help your dentist to identify any pregnancy-related changes in your mouth that you may experience.
Hormonal Changes in Your Smile
Hormonal changes in your body caused by pregnancy can affect your mouth. For example, the changes in hormones can increase the blood flow to your gum tissue causing your gums to be more sensitive, irritable, and swollen. This condition is known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” Because pregnancy hormones can make your mouth less able to fight off bacterial infections, the gingivitis can progress more quickly. A dental cleaning can often defend against this early stage of gum disease. Another example is an increased risk of tooth decay. Again, if your body is less able to defend against harmful bacteria, the bacteria that can cause tooth decay may be allowed to run wild in your smile. The acid in your mouth caused by morning sickness can also increase this risk.
It is important to talk to both your dentist and your doctor about any medications you are taking while pregnant. Everyone is looking out for the best interest of you and your baby, and the best way to do that is to openly communicate. Your dentist may be able to navigate medication in a different way or in some cases, it may be recommended that you may opt to complete a procedure after the baby is born.
When was your last dental exam?
It is safe for pregnant women to have dental exams and cleanings. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact one of our offices closest to you in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.