It’s easy to push aside some of your regular habits when you’re going through pregnancy, especially because you already have plenty of other appointments to keep. However, proper dental care during this time is even more critical.
The hormone fluctuations in the body during pregnancy are responsible for a lot of changes. While many of these are visible, some of them are more hidden. When you are pregnant, your gums are more likely to be swollen and susceptible to bleeding because of the increased blood flow and hormone changes. This can make it more difficult to brush, but it also leaves you at risk for developing an oral infection that could have a negative impact on your overall health, as well as the health of your new baby.
Exacerbate Dental Conditions
Pregnancy is unlikely to cause dental problems, but it can exacerbate already existing conditions. For instance, if you are experiencing gingivitis or periodontal disease, you may find it is worse during pregnancy or remains in a worse condition after you have given birth. Getting regular dental care during your pregnancy and brushing and flossing several times a day will help protect your dental health and ensure it remains good during and after the pregnancy.
Check for Issues
The hormonal changes in the body can create benign tumors. While these tumors are relatively harmless, they should be handled as quickly as possible to prevent further issues. You may notice these changes yourself, but dental professionals are more likely to identify the problems early so they can be resolved more quickly with less inconvenience.
If you’re looking for a dental office to take care of your teeth during your pregnancy, contact us. We can provide the gentle care you deserve.