Do I Need Special Dental Care During Pregnancy?

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Wondering if you should have dental treatment or dental cleanings during pregnancy?  If so, check out Dr. Rubin, our board-certified pediatric dentist, in this article:  Oral Health in Prenatal Care.

How often should I see the dentist while pregnant?

While we recommend checkups at least twice a year, hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to increases in inflammation so you might need to see the dentist more often if you're experiencing any discomfort from inflammation.  The mildest form of this is known as "pregnancy gingivitis" and is reversible.  If left untreated, however, it can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease.  Periodontitis, or periodontal disease, is linked to preterm labor and low birth rate, along with a variety of other health problems, including heart disease. 

Can my oral health while pregnant affect my newborn? Yes!

A mother’s oral health can actually affect their newborn’s oral health. Children of mothers who have dental decay are three times more likely to have cavities!

Cavities are transmissible. How? Well, babies are born without the bacteria that causes cavities. Caregivers with active decay can actually transfer cavity-causing germs to the baby. This can make your baby more prone to cavities later on. 

It is very difficult to not share your saliva with your baby, so if you have cavities, make sure you see the dentist!

Additional tips for dental care during pregnancy:

During pregnancy, frequent vomiting can actually erode your teeth. Make sure to rinse with water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda and please wait an hour before brushing.

Non-emergency dental care is best handled during the second trimester, but dental emergencies can arise at any time.  Feel free to make an appointment if you need to be seen. 

Prevention and maintenance is the best medicine!

For more info, check out:  Dental care during pregnancy

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