With a new baby on the way, there are lots of plans and considerations to be made. A new mother is immediately responsible for the way that her lifestyle affects the growing baby—from the foods that she eats to the frequency of her prenatal doctor’s appointments. Although this is a busy time, it’s important not to let your oral health fall by the wayside.
While many expectant mothers find it hard to squeeze in a dental appointment as the due date draws near, medical experts are recommending otherwise. In Cummings and across the country, OB/GYNs are being advised to include dental health assessments as part of their initial prenatal examinations. Doctors are also responsible for reminding pregnant patients to see a dentist during the pregnancy.
According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a pregnant woman’s health oral health problems could be linked to other diseases like heart disease, diabetes, or acute respiratory infections. Of course, the connection between oral health and overall health is important for all patients, but for pregnant women, the issue is doubly important.
According to current US statistics, roughly 40% of pregnant women are affected by dental diseases, such as gingivitis (inflamed gums), tooth decay (cavities), and advanced periodontal disease (bone loss and tissue damage).
Pregnancy is no longer a valid reason for delaying root canals, fillings, or X-rays if they are needed. In fact, postponing dental treatment may actually lead to further health and pregnancy complications.
Aside from prenatal dental care, there are other ways that an expectant mother can protect her oral health: Limit sugary snacks and drinks, use a fluoridated toothpaste and brush 2x each day, floss daily, and rinse with water frequently if vomiting or gastric reflux are a problem.
Your dental health is an important part of your pregnancy. For the sake of your own health as well as the health of your unborn baby, contact a dentist to schedule your prenatal dental exam today.