Pregnancy and your dental health

Prenatal dental care by a Federal Way dentistAs your Federal Way dentist, we feel so strongly about good dental care throughout each person’s life.  However, when a woman is pregnant, it is even more essential!  A pregnant woman’s dental health not only affects her, but also her unborn child!  During your pregnancy, your teeth may be the last thing on your mind, but maintaining healthy teeth and gums is necessary to avoid pregnancy gingivitis and to establish good, long-term oral health.

Here are a few points that we, as your dentist in Federal Way feel are important and will help in your pregnancy journey:

  • Postpone any non-emergent restorative treatment during your first trimester~~during the first trimester, your baby will develop all it’s major organs.  Your routine dental cleanings are just fine(and encouraged) during the first trimester, but any restorative dentistry(fillings, root canals, extractions) we like to postpone until the second and third trimester.  If a dental infection occurs, it is imperative to be treated, even during the first trimester, as leaving a dental infection untreated can cause even more harm to your developing baby.
  • You are at an increased risk of Gingivitis~~during pregnancy, 50 to 70 percent of all women experience a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.  It is very important to see Dr. Lee, your Federal Way dentist, at least every six months for your routine dental care.  We often recommend even more frequent hygiene visits during pregnancy in order to keep the teeth and gums as healthy as possible.  Gingivitis and periodontal disease are no joking matter during pregnancy.  Many studies are now linking these conditions to low birth-weight babies.
  • Check with your OB/GYN about the correct amount of calcium~~Your teeth are made with minerals, and the calcium you take aids in bone development in your baby.  The proper amount of calcium will keep your bones strong and contribute to the proper development of strong teeth and bones in your baby.
  • Be prepared for Morning Sickness~~Morning sickness can happen any time of the day.  Thankfully, it often subsides during the first trimester of pregnancy.  However, it is a good idea to have an emergency travel bag prepared to carry with you when you are out of the house.  (In a sturdy bag, pack opaque plastic bags without holes, wet wipes, tissues, a small bottle of water, a travel-sized mouth rinse and tooth brush, breath spray or mints.
  • Dealing with the changes in your mouth~~During pregnancy, your entire body(including your mouth) undergoes changes!  As your dentist in Federal Way, we are here for you every step of the way!  Do not hesitate to call us for answers to your questions!!!

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