Importance of Dental Care for Expecting Women
Pregnancy can be an exciting time, but it can also bring about new health challenges. Good dental health may be one of them. Maintaining your smile while pregnant will go far beyond cosmetic issues and is sufficient in keeping good oral health. In fact, poor dental health has been linked to adverse outcomes in pregnancy. Our dentist in Northridge can work closely with you to help reduce the risk of dental problems to keep your gums and teeth healthy throughout your pregnancy and after delivery.
Some dental symptoms during pregnancy can be surprising. You may need to watch for:
• Pregnancy gingivitis
This is a common problem that is associated with bleeding, tender gums. In most cases, improved dental hygiene and the use of sensitivity toothpaste can help keep pregnancy gingivitis under control.
• Periodontal disease
If pregnancy gingivitis is not properly diagnosed and addressed, it can lead to periodontal disease. This can cause bone and tooth loss, while increasing the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight and other problems.
• Pregnancy tumors
These non-cancerous growths are associated with plaque buildup. They are harmless, but they can be uncomfortable and unsightly.
Good dental hygiene can make a big difference in your health and your pregnancy. Spend a little more time brushing thoroughly after each meal, and floss to remove any plaque buildup. If vomiting is frequently a problem, do not brush right away. Instead, rinse with water to neutralize the stomach acids. Eat a balanced diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C and vitamin B12 to nourish both your teeth and your developing baby’s teeth. Call us to learn more or to schedule your checkup with our team.
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