Welcoming a new life into the world is a thrilling time, and most expectant mothers take the opportunity to improve all aspects of their health and well-being. Proper oral healthcare should be a part of one's overall health plan while pregnant. By implementing a few easy steps, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy for both yourself and your baby. Mark Stephens DMD specializes in family dentistry for the Richmond, Kentucky area, and they know firsthand the importance of good oral health when expecting.
Firstly, let your dentist know you are pregnant. Together you can work out a care plan best suited to your needs. It is advisable to avoid the dentist during the first trimester and the second half of the third trimester; these are crucial development times for the baby, and there's no need to add another medical procedure during this important period. At other times, though, you should keep your regular dental appointments and follow your dentist's guidance.
We all know that pregnancy affects hormones. Hormonal issues can have a direct impact on tooth and gum health, leading to periodontal disease. In fact, there is a specific condition to which expectant mothers are prone: it is called pregnancy gingivitis and causes sore, tender, bleeding gums. Be on the lookout for any changes in the gums during your pregnancy.
Morning sickness can also lead to oral health problems. Always try to brush your teeth after experiencing any bouts of morning sickness. You should also try to rinse out your mouth with mouthwash or water.
Trust Mark Stephens DMD for all your oral healthcare needs when pregnant. Dr. Stephens' office handles all types of general dentistry work, including exams, fillings, veneers, and emergency dentist services. Call (859) 626-0069 today to schedule your examination, and keep your teeth and gums in optimal shape for your overall health—and the health of the little one on the way.