Congratulations on your pregnancy! No matter if this is your first, or fifth, this is always an exciting and stressful time. There are so many things to keep in mind during your pregnancy and so much to do to get ready for the big event, that sometimes we forget to think about how all this could impact your regular dental treatment.
Dr. Hadley and the team have put together some of our best tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy during your pregnancy. How will having a baby impact your regular dental care?
Pregnancy and Dental Treatments
It’s very important to let your Las Vegas dentist know about your pregnancy before you come see us. For the most part, routine dental visits are very safe during your pregnancy. But please let your dentist know if you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy or if there is some other medical complication that could impact your visit.
It’s always important to let us know if you have had any changes to your health, including changes in medications, as part of your visit. Having dental treatment during your pregnancy far exceeds any potential risk, but if you have any gum swelling or bleeding, for example, we need to know. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that one-half of all pregnant women will experience pregnancy-related gingivitis, which is a mild type of gum disease. Hormonal changes during your pregnancy can cause changes in your oral hygiene, so make sure you let your Las Vegas dentist know if anything changes.
Here are our top seven tips for oral hygiene during pregnancy:
- Keep brushing twice a day with a soft bristled, small head brush. Use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, just like you always have.
- Floss between your teeth once a day.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Dental x-rays are still safe during pregnancy; your hygienist will cover you with a protective apron to keep your baby safe.
- Visit your Las Vegas dentist for a check up and professional cleaning.
- If you’re having frequent morning sickness, you can try rinsing with some water and a teaspoon of baking soda. The rinse will help keep your stomach acid from decaying your teeth.
- If you’re fighting nausea and having trouble brushing, try using a different toothbrush or a brush with a smaller head. Or even brushing at different times of the day might help you cope with some of these challenges.
Interestingly, you may feel as if your teeth are loose during the later stages of your pregnancy. In fact, the Mayo Clinic says that the ligaments and bones holding your teeth firmly in place can loosen as the estrogen and progestin in your body change with your pregnancy. This is something you should certainly discuss with your Las Vegas dentist on your next visit.
Call Your Las Vegas Dentist
Dr. Hadley and his team can help answer any other questions you may have during your pregnancy. We are committed to your health during this time and wish the best for you and your growing family. Contact us to schedule your next appointment.