pregnancy-healthCongratulations! Whether you’re pregnant or want to become pregnant, Dr. Radz and our team will help you brush up on your oral health for the benefit of you and your baby. Hormones can alter oral health during pregnancy, so you may notice swollen, red, or sensitive gum tissue. Your body may react differently to plaque buildup than it has in the past. These and other changes are to be expected, but not ignored. The first thing you need to do is schedule a checkup at Downtown Denver Dentist. The following FAQs will help you understand how oral health is affected during pregnancy…

 

Why are my gums red and swollen? I haven’t changed by daily oral maintenance routine!
When you’re pregnant, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone increase. This causes your body to react differently to plaque on your teeth. A condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis” can cause red, swollen, tender gums that may bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. If you’re susceptible to gingivitis or notice these symptoms during your pregnancy, schedule a hygiene visit so that we can make sure your teeth and gums are in great shape – for you and your baby! Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to gum recession, bone degeneration, and even tooth loss. In fact, it’s the number-one cause of tooth loss for American adults.

Will my gingivitis harm my baby?
There’s a correlation between moms with gingivitis and pre-term birth or low birth weight. The gingival bacteria in your mouth can get into your bloodstream, go to your uterus, and trigger production of prostaglandins, which are chemicals that induce premature labor. This is why Dr. Radz wants to see you during your pregnancy! These problems might be avoided with proper oral healthcare.

Can I prevent gingivitis?
If you clean your teeth daily, particularly at the gum line, and you brush with fluoridated toothpaste after meals, you’ll be less likely to contract gingivitis. Floss at least once a day and eat healthy meals. Additional vitamin C and B12 can also help. Again, you need to schedule a dental appointment during your pregnancy so that Dr. Radz and our team can help you take care of yourself and your little one.

I’ve noticed an uncomfortable growth on my gums since I became pregnant. Should I be concerned?
Non-cancerous “pregnancy tumors” can form between teeth and gums during pregnancy. In most cases, these growths dissipate after a mother gives birth. If the growth causes problems with eating or cleaning your teeth, Dr. Radz may recommend removing it.

Which dental procedures should a pregnant woman avoid?
Dr. Radz avoids anesthesia delivery and X-rays for pregnant women. If you need a non-emergency dental procedure, schedule it during your second trimester. Should you experience oral pain or a dental emergency, Dr. Radz will consult your obstetrician before providing treatment. However, regular checkups and exams are important and recommended!

This is an exciting time in your life, and the Downtown Denver Dental team wants to help you stay healthy and happy during your pregnancy. Call today to reserve your checkup and hygiene visit with us. We can’t wait you see you!