Pregnancy and Oral Changes
Posted by DR. JOCELYNN VIDA on Feb 18 2020, 10:47 PM
If you ever hear someone say that pregnant women should avoid dental visits or having any dental work done, then it is all a rumor. Having a healthy mouth means to have a happy mouth, and if you intend to skip treatments, then its effects might be worse. There are some treatments that a dentist would recommend pregnant patients to stay away from for a while.
What effects does pregnancy have on oral health?
Pregnancy affects oral health in specific ways that many don't know. During this period, women might go through different hormonal levels that can affect anything from saliva to tooth decay. Xerostomia or dry mouth is a normal condition for a pregnant woman. This could form a pathway for other problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Even the vomiting associated with pregnancy can lead to tooth decay because of the regurgitation of stomach acids that coat your teeth.
According to research, periodontitis or gum-related bacteria can enter into the woman's bloodstream and target the growing fetus. So, it is necessary to maintain proper oral and dental health to avoid any maternal complications.
What are the dental care steps to be followed during the pregnancy?
Pregnancy is a crucial period for women in general. During this time, it is necessary that patients give equal importance to their dental health, as well. Pregnant patients are recommended to follow the dental care steps mentioned below:
- Get a sufficient amount of Vitamins C and B12, along with enough protein, calcium, and phosphorus. It is necessary to take prenatal vitamins according to the prescription and eat a well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat meats, and low-fat dairy.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Increase the consumption of water from the usual intake to at least eight full glasses a day. Water also helps in washing away the residues of food from teeth and gums and even stimulates the production of saliva, which suppresses gum disease.
- Brush and floss daily. They can help in removing bacteria-laden plaque, the leading causes of gingivitis and periodontitis. Anti-plaque mouth rinses are also of great help. Research says that oral bacteria stimulate the production of prostaglandins, which increase the risk of pre-term labor and low birth weight babies in pregnant women.
- Pregnant patients need to get dental check-ups and cleanings during their trimesters.
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