Your dental health is as important as your general health. Not enough pregnant women in the United States consult their dentist during pregnancy. Dental care can help keep your mouth healthy and prevent problems that could complicate your pregnancy, including delivering a pre-term or low birth weight baby.
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Yes, dental care matters during pregnancy. That's because many women are more likely to develop gingivitis during pregnancy, an infection of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. The gums also may bleed during brushing and flossing and, if left untreated, that gingivitis can affect the supporting tissues that hold your teeth in place. To prevent this, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings.
You should continue to see your dentist during pregnancy for oral examinations and professional teeth cleaning. Tell your dentist that you are pregnant and about any changes you have noticed in your oral health. Good daily care is key to your oral health. To help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, always brush your teeth twice a day and clean between your teeth once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Carol Jahn, Dentistry, answeredDuring pregancy, the increase in hormones can cause the gums to feel more tender, bleed more easily, and even feel a bit swollen. This is often called pregancy gingivitis. If you haven't had a dental visit for a while, now would be a good time to schedule an appointment. Your dentist can advise you on the best time during your pregnancy for a visit. Having your teeth cleaned along with good thorough daily oral hygiene can help your mouth stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. Brushing is often not enough; most people need to clean between their teeth too with products like string floss, water floss or interdental brushes.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.