Oral Health Care While Pregnant

January 21, 2014

  What other ways can the health of your gums affect the pregnancy of an expecting mom? Studies indicate that pregnant women who have severe gum disease (periodontal disease) may be at increased risk for preterm delivery, which increases the risk of having a low-birth weight baby.

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Pregnancy Gingivitis

      True or False…During the 2nd to 8th months of pregnancy, a rise in hormone levels can cause the mom’s gums to become red, puffy or tender with a tendency to bleed easily when brushing.   Absolutely!! This is an exaggerated response to plaque and is caused by an increased level of progesterone […]

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Dental X-ray While Breastfeeding?

  True or false:  Dental radiographs are contraindicated if one is breast feeding. False… Dental radiographs have no negative effects on the mother or the mother’s milk. The same precautions should be taken as with any patients taking Xrays. (Protective apron, thyroid collar, etc.)

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X-Rays During Pregnancy?

  Is it ok to take radiographs (xrays) during pregnancy? When possible, dental Xrays should be delayed until after the pregnancy. If an xray is needed for a dental emergency, every precaution is taken to minimize

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Calcium Loss During Pregnancy?

True or False…Calcium is lost from the mother’s teeth during pregnancy. It’s false!!! This is a myth. The calcium your baby needs is provided by your diet, not by your teeth. If dietary calcium is in adequate, your body will provide this mineral from stores in your bones.  

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Dental Visits During Pregnancy?

      During pregnancy, continue to see your dentist regularly for oral exams and professional teeth cleaning. It is preferred to delay treatment until the second trimester, unless it is an emergency. Dental disease left untreated during pregnancy can lead to problems for mom and baby.

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Oral Care During Pregnancy

    We have many mom’s that are expecting, so we wanted to share some information about oral care during pregnancy. Eating a balanced diet is important to provide the correct nutrients to nourish mom and baby. What mom eats during the nine months of pregnancy affects baby’s developing teeth. The baby’s teeth begin to develop […]

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