Oral Care During Pregnancy
If you are pregnant or you are thinking about becoming pregnant, you’ve reached an exciting point in your life! Dr. Surh, your family dentist in Chico, CA, is excited to be a part of this new development.
While no doubt you are aware of all the changes your body is about to go through, you may not know how much these changes affect your oral health – or how much your oral health affects your pregnancy!
Before You Become Pregnant
If you are planning to become pregnant, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. This is a great time to get a full evaluation of your dental health and treat any active conditions such as decay or periodontal disease.
It’s especially important to treat active periodontal disease because research has connected this condition with a number of other serious health conditions, including diabetes. Even more important, periodontal disease in pregnant women is associated with an increased risk of preterm labor and low birth weights in newborns.
We are not trying to frighten you, but we do want you to be aware of how interconnected every system in your body is and how important dental care is while pregnant.
During Your Pregnancy
If you are currently pregnant, continue to see us during your pregnancy for regular cleanings and examinations. Let us know that you are pregnant as soon as possible so we can provide you with appropriate treatment.
Many treatments (such as cleanings and fillings) can be performed with no problem during pregnancy. In other cases, certain treatments should be avoided during particular times in your pregnancy, and elective or cosmetic procedures can wait until after you give birth.
Pregnancy can also increase your risk of certain dental conditions, and we will want to be able to help you avoid them, if possible, or provide appropriate treatment. These conditions include:
Pregnancy Gingivitis – Hormonal changes can lead to this form of periodontal disease. Since periodontal disease also increases your risk for gestational diabetes, it is important to keep this under control.
Higher Risk of Tooth Decay – A number of factors can contribute to this situation, including higher carbohydrate consumption, additional acid exposure from morning sickness, or a reduction in brushing habits due to nausea, tenderness, or an increased gag reflex. We can help you troubleshoot each of these issues and come up with workable solutions that will protect your oral health.
Pregnancy Tumors – These sound scary, but it’s just swelling that often occurs between the teeth. The swelling is connected to hormones and excess plaque, and they usually go away once your baby is born.
Call to Schedule!
If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, call our Chico, CA dental office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Surh!