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Oral Health During Pregnancy

Oral Health During Pregnancy

Things to know:

  • Dental work during pregnancy is safe. The best time for treatment is between the 14th and 20th weeks.
  • Pregnancy Gingivitis: Hormone changes during pregnancy cab affect the gums, making them more sensitive and enflamed in response to bacteria along the gum line.
  • Calcium: The body provides calcium from your bones. Eat enough dairy and taking a calcium supplement will ensure enough calcium without putting your teeth at risk.
  • Morning sickness: Stomach acid can damage the surface of your teeth and promote tooth decay. If you vomit, rinse your mouth with water or use a fluoride rinse afterwards.
  • Pregnancy tumor on the gums: Pregnancy tumors are small, painless bumps on the gums that are red, purple or pink in color. They often occur due to an inflammatory reaction to irritants in the mouth such as plaque and bacteria. See your dentist if you think you may be having this issue.
  • X-rays: Avoid x-rays while pregnant. In the event of a dental emergency an x-ray may be necessary. Ask your dentist to shield your abdomen with a lead apron to protect your baby from exposure to radiation.
Pregnant women with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small.
Approximately 40% of pregnant women have some form of periodontal (gum) disease.
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