Dental Treatments during Pregnancy
Your dental health is closely connected to your overall health, which is one reason it is so important that you take care of your smile: It can help keep your whole body healthier. When you are pregnant, however, your dental health becomes even more important. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily and visiting our dentist in Northridge for professional cleanings and dental exams at least every six months can help protect your health and the health of your baby.
Oral acidity tends to increase during pregnancy, which can make dental decay more likely to occur, and increased gum sensitivity is common during pregnancy due to the flood of hormones cascading through a woman’s body. The naturally occurring oral bacteria in your mouth can take advantage of your newly compromised gums and infect them. Pregnancy-related gingivitis may be identified by red, swollen, bleeding gums. Treating it early is highly recommended and can help you avoid more serious periodontitis, which is associated with miscarriage, preterm birth and low-birth weight babies. If you are suffering from vomiting, your dental health may be even more at risk.
Although many women forego dental care during pregnancy, this can leave them extremely vulnerable. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are safe and recommended for pregnant women. If you have signs of gum disease, scheduling an appointment as soon as possible can help decrease your risk of further complications. Our dentist can help you develop a treatment plan to restore gum health. Contact us today to schedule your checkup.
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