Pregnancy and oral
Congratulations on this exciting and momentous event!
It’s a busy time an undoubtedly your mind will be filled with thoughts of the future.
It’s easy to overlook the health of your mouth at this time, but it’s important to remember that pregnancy can actually make some dental problems worse.
Pregnancy is a time when most women strive to achieve the highest degree of health for themselves and their developing child.
Despite this, neglecting dental health during pregnancy is not uncommon.
This is understandable when the following issues are considered:
- Often there are frequent bouts of nausea and vomiting
- Increased physical demands and tiredness related to a growing abdomen
- Concerns about the safety of dental treatment during pregnancy
- An increased incidence of hormone induced gum sensitivity
- The potential to become sensitive to the smell or taste of toothpaste
In light of these issues, the following associations should be considered:
- Recent evidence suggests a positive link between premature delivery, low birth rates and the presence of gum disease in pregnant women.
- Untreated dental conditions can lead to tooth loss, gum recession and jaw bone loss.
These associations make it very important for pregnant women to seek regular dental care to help maintain optimum dental health.