|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
February 8, 2014
Proper dental health is an important part in staying healthy. When one is pregnant, it is even more important to take good care of their teeth. When a woman is pregnant their hormonal changes can increase the risk of developing gum disease. While this affects the health of the woman, it can also affect the health of the baby. It is vital for a woman to maintain good oral health before during and after pregnancy.
It is best to see your dentist on a regular basis so they can help you keep your teeth as healthy as possible. If you have healthy teeth before you are pregnant, your dentist will be able to spot any changes easily. Any oral health problems can be treated in advance of the pregnancy.
- Tell your dentist as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. For precautionary reasons, it is best not to have any dental procedures done during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester. These are critical times for development of the baby and it is best to avoid exposing the mother to procedures that could influence the baby’s growth. Routine dental care can be done in the second trimester.
- Keep your dentist advised of the types of medications you are taking for your pregnancy. Some drugs (like tetracycline) can affect the development of the child’s teeth and should not be given during pregnancy. Also tell them any specific medical advice given to you from your doctor. Your dentist may need to alter the dental treatments based on this information.
- Avoid dental x-rays during your pregnancy. If you have a dental emergency and x-rays are needed, then your dentist will take extreme caution to safeguard you and the baby. With all the advances in technology today, getting x-rays is much safer than it used to be.
- Don’t get lazy and skip the regular dental checkups. It is even more important to go now that you are pregnant. The hormonal changes can increase the risk of periodontal disease and cause tender gums to bleed (gingivitis). Your dentist can help keep a look out for any of these problems. If you start to notice tender or bleeding gums, go see your dentist for treatment.
- Keep following good oral hygiene practices to help prevent oral health problems.
Morning sickness is a problem most pregnant women face. For some, the taste of toothpaste only adds to their sickness, so it is a good idea to switch to toothpaste that has no added flavor. It is important to keep brushing and flossing the teeth while pregnant. Ask your doctor about which brands of toothpaste they recommend. If you have frequent bouts of vomiting, rinsing your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse will help keep your mouth clean. This will help to prevent stomach acids from contacting the teeth and causing permanent damage to tooth enamel.
When you are pregnant you are eating for two, but it is still a good idea to try and have a healthy diet. Many pregnant women crave sweets, but try to avoid sugary snacks. These can only lead to a greater chance of you developing tooth decay. Some studies have shown that the bacteria responsible for tooth decay can be passed on to the child, so do your best to not have this bacterium in your mouth. Be careful of what you eat during your pregnancy.
Eating a healthy diet can have far reaching effects on not only your health but the health of your baby. The baby’s teeth begin to develop about three months into the pregnancy. Diets that contain dairy products such as cheese and yogurts can be a good source of essential minerals and they are good for the baby’s developing teeth, gums and bones.
If you did experience any dental problems during the pregnancy, then it is important to see you dentist soon after you give birth. Get the entire mouth examined and your periodontal health evaluated. Continue following proper dental hygiene practices so you can stay healthy for your new baby.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at[email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.