May 5, 2017

During pregnancy, changes occur within the mouth that can make you more vulnerable to gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). If the disease develops and is not treated, it can pose a serious health risk to both you and your baby. To keep this from happening, we recommend being even more scrupulous about your oral hygiene regimen throughout your pregnancy. We also recommend seeing your trusted family dentist in Durango, CO, for regular checkups.

Oral Care Steps You Can Take

Did you know that periodontal disease can affect the health of your developing baby? Gum disease has been linked to low birth weight babies and premature births. Studies have also shown a link between periodontal disease and other life-threatening diseases like cancer and heart disease. Since pregnant women experience hormone changes that make them more susceptible to periodontal disease, it is important to pay special attention to your oral health while pregnant. Here are some oral care steps you can take to for the sake of yourself and your unborn baby:

  1. Tell your dentist that you are pregnant. That way he or she can take any special measures necessary to ensure your oral health throughout your pregnancy, including shielding your abdomen properly during x-rays.
  2. Don’t skip any dental checkups. It is easy to neglect your own health when you are pregnant and tired, but make sure you attend every dental checkup.
  3. Keep a strict oral hygiene routine. If morning sickness is interfering with your ability to brush, try switching to a bland-tasting toothpaste.

In addition to following these steps, tell your dentist about any medications you are taking so that your dental treatment plan can be altered as needed.

Come See Us

Pregnancy presents a challenge for oral health, but with vigilance and proper care, you can keep your mouth healthy for the sake of you and your baby. To schedule a dental appointment today, contact the office of Mason O. Miner.



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