Contrary to what others advice and believe, dental health care must not be neglected even during pregnancy. This is because the condition of the mother’s gums and teeth can affect the baby’s health inside her womb. Several medical surveys show that preterm delivery and babies with low birth weight are both caused by dental and periodontal infections.
Now, how do you start with this? Firstly, inform your dentist whether you are trying to get pregnant or already in the early stages of pregnancy. By doing so, he can help you prepare for oral health problems that may come your way during the conceiving stage up to the delivery stage. Secondly, take efforts to know which of the dental procedures are not advisable for you to undergo.
Challenges on pregnant women’s dental health care usually start from the presence of plaque. The latter is a film of bacteria which can wound the gums and seep deep into the gums and into the bloodstreams. Take note whatever infection present in the bloodstream can reach the fetus any time. The good news about this is that it can be prevented through a thorough periodontal exam that which may be done months or years before your planned pregnancy.
In the case that you are already pregnant, do not forget to religiously practice oral hygiene at home. This can prevent potential problems in your gums and teeth. Seeing the dentist while pregnant is another measure to observe. Moving forward, you can also undergo professional cleanings which can equip your gums and teeth from the harms of dental illnesses brought about by the hormonal changes during pregnancy. Enamel erosion and gingivitis are two common examples of these illnesses.
Some specialists suggest that cavity fillings and installation of crowns may be done to reduce possibilities of further infection from gingivitis or enamel erosion. In fact, root canal may also be administered so long as local anesthesia is used. Dental x-rays are the procedures to be avoided since its harmful rays are believed to harm the fetus. If ever emergencies require them, abdominal shields may be used. As for the medicines associated with these treatments, they should only be taken under prescription by the dentist. Do not risk the health of your unborn child by buying over-the-counter pain relievers. Cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening and implant installation must be postponed until your baby is born. The same goes for treatments with which application of electricity will be used.
Again, dental health care must be observed with persistence even before you plan to bear a child in your womb. Apart from regular brushing and flossing of your teeth, you should not miss regular dental check-ups at least twice a year. Opt to all kinds of healthy foods as well. Avoid sugars and feast on foods that can make your gums and teeth stronger. Keep a copy of ovulation calendars when planning your pregnancy so that you can keep your wellness in tune and track dental concerns after giving birth.