For most women, pregnancy is an important and exciting time in their life. They are fixing to bring forth a new life and that is amazing. It’s important for the mom to stay healthy to help maintain the health of her baby or babies. A lot of people do not realize the importance of dental care during pregnancy. Babies get their nutrition from mom. Sometimes, the mother doesn’t receive the proper nutrition to keep herself healthy along with the baby. And that is where dental problems can start during pregnancy. Lack of proper nutrition can result in weakened enamel and gingivitis.
Lack of proper nutrition during pregnancy can cause gum disease for the mother to be. The best way to prevent dental problems throughout pregnancy is to be proactive. If possible, schedule a dental appointment prior to getting pregnant. If you need x-rays or have any dental work that needs to be done, it is best to get it completed beforehand if possible-that way you know your teeth are in good shape for future endeavors. If your pregnancy was not planned, don’t worry about it too much just make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to take extra precaution.
Routine dental care can be done at any point during your pregnancy, but check with your obstetrician or midwife prior to make sure any precautions are met. Make sure your dentist is up to date on any and all medications you are taking-any prescribed and over the counter medicines or any vitamins or supplements as well. You may be worried about the safety of x-rays from the dentist during your pregnancy. Rest assured that dental x-rays are perfectly safe and the dental staff will make sure you and your baby are protected using a shield. Please do not put off going to the dentist during pregnancy. A healthy mom is in direct correlation with a healthy infant.
Believe it or not, studies have proven that certain dental issues during pregnancy can result in the premature birth of an infant. The excessive amounts of hormones your body produces during your pregnancy have also been linked to causing dental problems. Sometimes the increase in hormones can actually loosen teeth during your pregnancy. Ligaments can loosen throughout different areas of your body to prepare for childbirth. It only makes sense it would affect your teeth also. Certain cravings during pregnancy, especially those higher in sugar, can increase the risk of cavities. Or if the cravings are high in acid, this can decrease the strength of your enamel.
Proper dental care is an important part of prenatal care. If mom is happy and healthy, the better chances the baby will be also. Your dental team will keep in mind the safety of your pregnancy and will not put you or your unborn baby in danger. Your dentist has probably dealt with the dental health of pregnant women many times before. Trust in your dentist and obstetrician. They want your pregnancy to be successful and healthy also.
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