Pregnancy and Oral Health

Pregnancy brings about incredible changes in a woman’s body. With all the excitement and doctor’s appointments, we understand it can be easy to forget to schedule a visit to the dentist. There are various reasons why it is not only safe but important to do so as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Hormonal changes can have an effect on your gums and you may suddenly find your gums bleed more easily, or you may snack more often and realize there is a chance you have developed cavities. There is also an association between gum disease, or periodontal infection, and risk of preterm birth, preeclampsia, or a low birth weight baby.  It is encouraged to schedule a routine dental exam and to take x-rays as needed. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have determined that it is safe to have routine digital x-rays and cleanings during pregnancy.  Most importantly find out is your dentist has either a phase microscope or other diagnostic technology to identify the oral/periodontal bacteria that are associated with periodontal disease and risk during pregnancy.  Also make sure he has a program to eliminate these bacteria which is totally safe during pregnancy as well as a home care program follow up to make sure these pathogenic bacteria do not return.  If you need the name of a dentist who has the training and technology to treat and eliminate the cause of periodontal disease send an e-mail to the address on this site and we will provide a list for you.