How Does Pregnancy Affect Your Smile?
September 15, 2019
Women who are pregnant are often enveloped in the care and attention their growing baby requires. However, many are unaware of how pregnancy can impact their overall oral health and wellness. The dentists of Ralph Avenue Dental Care provides pregnant women with an education in oral care, and advises patients what to look for during this time.
What can happen to your oral health during pregnancy?
A good way to ensure that your child has good oral health is to take care of your oral health during your pregnancy. In fact, the mother’s oral health is often a predictor of a child’s oral health. Women who take good care of their smile during their pregnancy will also help in reducing the chances of developing cavities or periodontal disease. It has been determined that approximately two thirds of pregnancy women have the early stage of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis. This is characterized by swollen, red, and inflamed gums that are often aggravated due to the fast changes in the hormone levels of the body. Gingivitis that is left untreated can continue to develop into the more concerning stages of periodontal disease. Women with periodontal disease are at a higher risk of having preterm birth or experiencing low birth weights in their babies.
Another condition that can impact a pregnant woman is tooth decay. Cavities may be prevalent in expecting mothers, and without treatment, the bacteria present in the mouth can be transmitted throughout the body. Pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing cavities because of their change in behaviors, including their eating habits. Keeping a healthy diet throughout pregnancy can reduce these risks and ensure better overall health for mom and baby. While it may be tempting to eat that extra donut, the consumption of sugars during this time may be detrimental in many ways.
Are you pregnant and interested in comprehensive dental care?
Taking care of your smile is just as important as taking care of your growing baby. Call Ralph Avenue Dental Care of Brooklyn, NY today to schedule an initial evaluation with our team. We have six different providers available in our practice to assist. Call (718) 531-0300 and visit the team at 2348 Ralph Avenue.