Pregnancy is a joyful time. You do not want such a wonderful occasion to be hampered by the presence of gum disease. Here is vital information pregnant women need to be aware of so that they can take proper care of their oral health.
Many women suffer from a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis” in the early months of pregnancy. Oral bacteria increase due to hormonal changes in the body, and even women who brush and floss every day can still come down with gum issues. Women who already had periodontal disease prior to the pregnancy can expect it to get worse. The easiest way to circumvent this issue is to brush two or three times daily, consume plenty of vitamin B12 and use mouthwash.
Research has shown that women who suffer from gum disease during the pregnancy have a greater likelihood of having a premature birth or having a baby who is under the optimal birth weight. Babies born under 5.5 pounds have a greater chance of suffering from long-term health complications, including learning disabilities and delayed motor skills. Women can also develop pregnancy tumors in their mouths, which are non-cancerous but can be painful.
Many women are concerned about getting their teeth and gums worked on while pregnancy. However, it is completely safe to see a periodontist during the second trimester. In the event a woman has any oral complications, the professional can treat it. Women may even be able to take certain antibiotics that are safe to take while pregnant.
Schedule Your Appointment at Some Point During the Pregnancy
Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche knows exactly how to help pregnant women without compromising the health of the baby. Contact us to schedule an appointment if you are expecting so that you can be certain your oral health is optimal.