Is it important to visit the dentist during pregnancy?

One of the things that a pregnant woman should never forget during the entire course of pregnancy is the oral health. It is only natural that in between the tedious trips to the doctor, hospital checkups, setting up the nursery and anticipating about the baby, you forget your oral health. Getting a complete dental checkup during pregnancy is not just safe but also very important. Pregnancy impacts the entire body in different ways and there are dental symptoms which are related to pregnancy that need to be identified and treated. It is highly encouraged that pregnant women do not neglect their oral health and get dental care during the entire course of pregnancy. Maintaining a good oral health is related to good overall health which is crucial to both the lives.

When do you tell the Dentist about the pregnancy?

It is important to let the dentist know about pregnancy and any potential risks or medications you are taking, as soon as you get to know them in order to make sure that treatments could be postponed.

How Pregnancy affects your mouth?

Although many women make it through the pregnancy with no signs of dental discomfort, there are some conditions that appear for some. Regular dental checkups with proper self-care of the teeth can keep both the mother and the baby healthy. Here are some dental problems that may appear for some pregnant women.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Pregnancy results in many hormonal changes in the female body which may affect the oral health also. There are times that women develop a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis”. It is the inflammation and swelling of the gums leading to bleeding when brushed or flossed. If left untreated, it could lead to a more serious form of gum disease. Your dentist could take care of it for you.

Greater Risk of Tooth Decay

Pregnant women tend to be more prone to cavities for various reasons. Morning sickness could increase the acidity in your mouth which could eat away the enamel of the tooth. It is important to keep up the dental care routine because poor habits are mostly associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia.

Pregnancy Tumors

Many at times, pregnancy tumors may appear on the gums which are small overgrowths of tissues. It’s a type of swelling that happens between the teeth and may be because of excess plaque. The bleed easily and have small red tender looking appearances. Usually, they disappear when the baby is born but if they are of great pain or problem they can also be removed by the dentist.

Book your appointment with our experienced dentist and they can help you all through the pregnancy with your dental care. Call us on 0208 341 1555  or visit our website:www.highgatedentalcentre.co.uk to book your appointment.

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