Aside from an OB-Gynecologist, a woman should also see a dentist during the course of her pregnancy. This is not just about personal oral care; it is also about the baby’s health. Medical studies reveal that there is indeed a correlation between infected gums and teeth and low birth-weight of babies and premature labor. Bacteria in the mouth can travel to the fetus through the mother’s bloodstream.
Dental care for women becomes more significant when women are pregnant. The reason behind this is the changes in hormones during pregnancy that result to increased build-up of plaque. The lining of the uterus is composed of tissues similar to the mouth tissues. When mouth tissues change, uterus tissues follow. If plaque remains, it can lead to a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis”.
To avoid this, pregnant women should brush their teeth properly, as well as floss, three or more times per day. If brushing in the morning worsens morning sickness, use a mouthwash or water instead and brush later when you feel better. Use fluoride toothpaste and anti-plaque mouthwash if possible. Lastly, do not skip dental visits for thorough checkup and cleaning.
Any kind of elective treatment should be postponed at least during the first three months of pregnancy. If, for example, you are considering getting Houston Texas dental veneers, reveal your condition to your dentist to determine if it is safe to proceed. Although veneers are non-invasive, it may require dental x-rays and can lead to increased sensitivity in gums and teeth. Forgo such procedure if it is only done for cosmetic purposes but if the purpose is to protect a cracked tooth from decay and subsequent gum disease, discuss your options with your dentist.