Dental Care During Pregnancy

Dental Care During Pregnancy

Women often focus on their overall health during pregnancy. A healthy diet and routine visits to the obstetrician can ensure your pregnancy progresses properly and reduce the risk of many complications during pregnancy and birth. However, good dental care, which can easily be overlooked in all the excitement of an upcoming birth, is just as important.

The hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy can make your gums more susceptible to infection, and the increased acidity in your mouth may make you more prone to tooth decay. The nausea and vomiting of morning sickness may further increase your risk, and thanks to the higher levels of progesterone and estrogen, your teeth can even become loose.

Although pregnancy-related gingivitis is not uncommon, if it is not treated promptly, it can deteriorate into more serious forms of gum disease, which are associated with pregnancy complications that can include miscarriage, premature birth and low-birth-weight babies.

Our Los Angeles dentist recommends prompt treatment of dental issues when they arise during pregnancy. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are safe during pregnancy, and if you have signs of pregnancy-related gingivitis, you may need to see our dentist more frequently during your pregnancy to ensure good dental health.

Good at-home care is also important. Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and floss every day. If you throw up during morning sickness, rinse your mouth after to avoid damaging softened dental enamel, and brush your teeth no earlier than a half hour after.

Contact our dental office today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning or to learn more about how good dental care can help keep you and your pregnancy healthy.