Don’t avoid dental work unless otherwise advised
You may be concerned about undergoing dental procedures during pregnancy, especially those that involve anesthesia. But both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Dental Association (ADA) encourage pregnant women to continue regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. And unless your obstetrician advises otherwise, it’s usually safe to undergo dental work that can’t wait.
Be on the lookout for pregnancy gingivitis (gum disease)
Because of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, your gums could be more susceptible to gum disease caused by plaque buildup. That’s why you should be on alert for signs of a gum infection like swollen, red or bleeding gums. And be sure to practice daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque, as well as regularly visiting us for cleanings.
Make sure your diet is “tooth” friendly
Because of the changes in your body, you may experience food cravings. So as much as possible, try to keep your food choices in line with what’s best for your teeth and gums: minimize your sugar intake (a prime food source for disease-causing bacteria); and focus on healthy balanced meals and snacks.
Keep your entire healthcare team informed
When you make your next dental appointment, be sure to tell us that you’re pregnant and how far along, any medications and supplements you’re taking, or any complications you may be experiencing. This information could have a bearing on how your we approach any treatment. And also, let your obstetrician know about any issues with your teeth and gums, as well as any suggested dental work you may need.
Pregnancy creates enormous changes in your physical body. These changes, especially on the hormonal level, can impact many aspects of your health including teeth and gums.