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Don’t let pregnancy be bad for your teeth

Many pregnant women still believe that much of their dental health should be avoided in order to best protect the baby’s health. But the healthy mouth/healthy body tenet is especially true during pregnancy.

An old wives’ tale that keeps getting told

dental care for pregnant womenFirst-time moms especially say they’re reluctant to have dental procedures for fear of harming their baby’s development. But there’s no evidence that numbing a tooth to fill a cavity causes any problems for pregnancy.

Moms-to-be may think that the anxiety they experience from dental visits and procedures isn’t good for the developing baby and might even trigger early labor. Studies show, however, that it’s actually gum disease in pregnant women that can cause premature birth

Yet, most of the moms who participated in a recent survey reported that they did not have routine dental care while they were pregnant; and even half of the moms who experienced dental problems that caused them pain admitted that they avoided treatment.

Routine dental care can be challenging during pregnancy, but it’s vital

It’s true that hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy can cause a woman’s gums to become sensitive and more likely to bleed. Pregnant women can become reluctant to take good care of their teeth if brushing and flossing trigger their sensitive gag reflex or the taste or smell of minty toothpaste contributes to nausea.

The dental care connection

We already know that brushing, flossing, professional cleanings and regular dental visits can help prevent gum disease. And gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight. So the connection should be clear: preventing gum disease with good oral care is crucial to a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

The best time to see your dentist

To make your visit is as pleasant and easy as possible, consider coming in for your regular dental cleaning and exam after morning sickness has mostly passed and before lying on your back is uncomfortable. Talk to your dentist to see what procedures can be postponed until after the baby is born. Call for your appointment today: 978-688-1895.