Did you know that being pregnant can cause problems with your teeth and gums?
Pregnancy causes a lot of hormonal changes in your body. While these changes are both beneficial and necessary to the health and development of the child, they can also make it easier for bacteria in your mouth to take hold. This, in turn, increases the risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease. Treatment of diseases such as gingivitis may require antibiotics, and it is important that the right one be used. Many of these can be dangerous to your child. In this case, as with so many other facets of dentistry, prevention is the best medicine.
Other problems may arise during your pregnancy. The nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness can wear away at the enamel of your teeth. This leaves them susceptible to cavities and other damage.
You may also notice growths on your gums called “pregnancy tumors.” Red, raspberry-like growths will appear in between your teeth. These may look scary, but they are harmless. In most cases, they will disappear after your child is born. Like the increased risk of gum disease, these are also a product of changing hormones in your body.
Because it is so easy for dental problems to occur during pregnancy, it is important to schedule a regular visit to make sure you are in good health. Be sure to let your dentist know that you are pregnant when you make your appointment, and take note of any medications, supplements, or special instructions given to you by your physician. While routine work can be safely done at any point in your pregnancy, more complex procedures may need to be delayed to ensure the health of both mother and child.
Having a healthy mouth and gums makes it less likely that your child will be born premature or underweight. If you are looking for a dentist who understands the needs of expecting mothers, Bedford Dental Group has an expert team ready to help you. Call us today to make an appointment to keep your mouth and your baby healthy.