Oral Health Care During Pregnancy

Some advice for expectant mums from one of our Wickford dentists.

Becoming pregnant is often a joyous occasion, with parents looking forward to the birth of their new child. As most mothers will attest though, the nine months of pregnancy can also be extremely challenging, with morning sickness and hormones out of control. Often the combination of these plus the effort of carrying a small child around, leaves the mother to be, void of energy and barely able to get through the day.

When a mother is feeling this way, it is probably likely that some things will be neglected to some extent, with oral care being amongst them.

Gum disease

Whilst it may be understandable for expectant mums to neglect their brushing and flossing routine, it is also one of the worst times to do so. In fact, the very hormones that are running riot in your body at this time are the same hormones that can make your gums more susceptible to gum disease. An increased level of bacteria present in the mouth, if not cleaned well, can accumulate on the teeth and gums as plaque, causing bleeding and other problems.

To minimise the impact of your hormones on your gums, not only should you brush and floss as well as, if not better than before, but habits such as drinking and smoking, which cause a dry mouth and subsequently more gum disease, should be eliminated entirely as far as possible. This will also help the health of your new baby.

Appointments

We know how hard it can be to make an effort, especially in the later stages of pregnancy, but professional dental supervision is particularly important during this time. We recommend that you ask for your partner’s support to enable you to keep your dental appointments and also to provide encouragement in amongst all of the other new things which will invariably take up your time. Dental treatments are generally safe during pregnancy, although some x-rays may be avoided as a preventative measure.

Seeing ones of the dentists at Cygnet Dental Practice will enable them to monitor your teeth and gums and to clean them if they feel that the plaque in your mouth is increasing and likely to lead to gingivitis or periodontitis.

The unborn child

There is a fair amount of evidence that some of the habits that increase the risk of gum disease, such as smoking and drinking can also have a potentially negative effect on the baby’s health when it is born. This, of course, is another good reason to stop. For general oral health advice when pregnant, or to arrange to see one of our Wickford dentists, please call the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 733078.