Your dentist should describe how important oral health care is during this exciting time of your life. They should warn you that gum disease might lead to preterm delivery or low birth weight in your newborn. They will educate you about proper brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, using a fluoride mouthwash, and making sure you visit routinely. This minimizes your risk for these complications. Dental professionals may also remind you to take your prenatal vitamins and eat foods that contain enough calcium and magnesium.
Neil R. McGowan, DMD
Specialty: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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East Meadow, NY 11554
- I am pregnant, what things will my dentist tell me?
How can I prevent plaque and tartar?
Plaque is the biofilm that develops on the teeth and when it hardens this plaque can form tartar. The mainstay of prevention includes daily flossing, brushing twice daily, avoiding tobacco and eating a healthy diet. Regular dental evaluations and cleanings through the dentist can also be useful in removing hard tartar that forms on the teeth but can’t be easily managed with home dental care. Early dental intervention is also important with children to set up good habits and supporting the growth of healthy teeth. Counseling on appropriate use of bottles and sippy cups, diet and tooth care early on can also be helpful in reducing plaque and tartar that can contribute to gum disease and cavities.
Why should I take care of my teeth if I am undergoing cancer treatment?
American Dental Association answeredDuring cancer therapy, whether surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, poor oral hygiene leads to growth of oral bacteria. This can initiate dental caries (cavities) and periodontal disease (gum infection). This causes pain and possibly the loss of teeth.
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