If you are pregnant, you have a lot on your mind right now, Getting ready for a new baby takes a lot of time and work. But during the time leading up to the new arrival, don’t forget to visit our dentist.
It goes without saying that your body is going through changes right now, and those changes include your mouth and teeth. When you come to see us at Center For Dental Rehabilitation in Phoenix, state, let us know you are pregnant or if you think you might be. Dr. Maureen Toal can talk with you about some of the things you can expect, and we can tailor a treatment plan that is right for you.
You should be aware that when you are pregnant, you are at an increased risk of tooth decay, and gingivitis. You may also experience dry mouth, and sensitive teeth.
Another effect of pregnancy is an overgrowth of your gums. It may look alarming, but it does happen. Talk with us if you are experiencing a problem. You may also experience an excess amount of saliva while you are pregnant. Believe it or not, this is a good thing since saliva helps to wash the bacteria out of your mouth.
With pregnancy comes morning sickness. If you throw up, you should rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a cup of warm water to counteract the stomach acids that may have come up.
You should continue to brush at least twice a day and floss before bed. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to premature delivery gestational diabetes and other complications
Yes, you should still come see us while pregnant. Many dental procedures can be performed while you are pregnant, and local anaesthetics can still be used. We can even provide protection for you and your baby if we need to take x-rays. However, it is recommended that you have any dental work done by the end of the second trimester. If there is dental work that needs to be done, you might want to get it taken care of before the baby arrives.
So, if you are expecting, make us a part of your prenatal team! Contact our office for an appointment by calling 602.485.0505 today.