Pregnancy and Oral Health

Centennial dentist has oral health tips for pregnant womenExpectant mothers understand that taking care of their health is important for their developing child. Eating right, getting enough sleep, and staying active are important for a healthy mother and baby.

Did you know that your oral health could also impact your child?

 

Centennial dentist, Dr. Kathleen Young has a few tips to share with expectant moms:

Prevent Premature Labor

If you have gum disease, you’re at a higher risk of going into premature labor. Periodontitis is also linked with giving birth to an underweight infant. Why? Because the bacterial plaque can travel through your infected gum tissues directly into your bloodstream. We already know that it can lodge itself inside of the heart and blood vessels. It is also thought that the bacteria can cross through the placenta and to the baby. Researchers show that women with active gum disease are at a drastically higher risk to go into early labor.

Help Your Baby Have Strong Teeth

Pregnant women who chew gum with Xylitol have been shown to give birth to children that have healthier, stronger, cavity-resistant teeth. Xylitol is a unique sugar that prevents plaque buildup from accumulating on the teeth. When chewed through pregnancy, the mother limits bacteria and cavities inside of her own smile. The benefits are also passed on to her child.

Watch Out for Hormone-Induced Gingivitis

Some women may experience a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” Even dedicated brushing and flossing will usually not completely reverse the symptoms in two weeks, like regular gingivitis. It is thought that the hormone fluctuations cause hypersensitivity of the tissues, sometimes even resulting in what we call “pregnancy tumors” developing along the gums. Fortunately, symptoms are usually quickly reversed after having your baby!

Dental Care During Pregnancy

Seeing a dentist during your pregnancy is very safe. Premiere dentist in Centennial, CO, Dr. Kathleen Young, adjusts her recommendations regarding types of care, depending on your stage of pregnancy. In most cases, treating pain and infection for the mother is important for the health of the baby.

Are you newly pregnant? Call Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule your next smile checkup at our office. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding dental care throughout your pregnancy.

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