If you plan to start a family, have a thorough dental examination, professional clean and x-rays before becoming pregnant. Complete all recommended treatment so that your mouth is in great health.
Your body changes in the most amazing ways during pregnancy, to cope with the growth and development of your baby. During this time, there are many different routines you need to blend into your life to encourage not only your baby to thrive but also to enable your body and general health to cope. These hormonal changes can affect many of the tissues in your body, including your gums. Your gums will become more spongy during pregnancy and more susceptible to gum disease. Recent studies have also shown that a woman with gum disease is more likely to deliver a preterm, low weight baby.
Prior to Pregnancy
If you plan to start a family, have a thorough dental examination, professional clean and radio graphs before becoming pregnant. Complete all recommended treatment so that your mouth is in great health.
During your pregnancy, you may experience increased appetite, an increased gag reflex when brushing, morning sickness, and sore and bleeding gums. All of these things can have effects on your dental health. There is increasing evidence to show that mums who have gum disease are seven times more likely to have a baby born too early and too small. It is also well understood that if parents of newborns have poor dental health, their baby is more likely to have dental problems as they grow. Good home hygiene practices and regular attendance at your dentist throughout your pregnancy reduce damage to your teeth and risks to your baby. The ideal time to visit is in the second trimester when you and your baby will be most comfortable. The dentist will ask about your pregnancy and will discuss ways to make sure the best health for mum and baby.