Pregnancy is a gamer changer in pretty much every way. Not only do you have to watch what you eat and drink, but you have a whole new set of health issues to worry about. One of those things that often goes overlooked is dental care.
Dental care during pregnancy is still extremely important. The hormones that your body produces during pregnancy can cause your gums to swell and bleed. Regular dental checkups can help keep these issues under control and keep you comfortable during your pregnancy. You are also more likely to get cavities during pregnancy, not only because of the foods you are eating, but morning sickness as well.
Oral infections are also a risk factor because they can spread to your blood stream very quickly and very easily, meaning they can spread to your baby. Anything that is in your blood has the risk of being transferred to baby. Keeping in touch with your dentist during pregnancy means you can stop any infections before they become serious. Oral infections and improper dental care during pregnancy have also been shown to be linked to preterm births, breathing complications for baby after birth, delayed motor skills and learning disabilities for baby.
Any of these reasons is a good one to make an appointment to see your dentist. Make sure you tell your dentist you are pregnant as they may change treatment plans accordingly. While most dental procedures are safe to preform during pregnancy, even x-rays; although some are best left until after your pregnancy is over. The best time to schedule dental procedures while you are pregnant is typically during the 2nd trimester.
In order to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible during and after pregnancy, it is best to keep in contact with your dentist and continue to get regular check-ups and cleanings. And don’t forget, babies can start seeing the dentist as soon as they have teeth!