For expectant and new mothers, maintaining good oral health is crucially important not only for their teeth, but also for the rest of their body. Medical researchers have provided mounting evidence that links poor oral health to cardiovascular disease, poorly-controlled diabetes, and difficulties during pregnancy and delivery.
Pregnancy strains bodily systems, and the mouth is no exception. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, combined with the build up of plaque on the teeth, can lead to “pregnancy gingivitis” or gum inflammation. If allowed to progress, gingivitis can turn into periodontis, which is the destruction of bone that anchors the teeth in place.
Many women believe that poor oral health is a natural part of pregnancy and fear dental treatment will hurt the fetus. Both beliefs are untrue and harmful because they deter some pregnant women from seeking needed care.
Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy will help your baby have strong, healthy teeth. Pay careful attention to your teeth and gums during pregnancy, visit your dental provider to avoid gum and tooth problems that may occur during pregnancy.