January 16, 2018
Many people don’t know that when you become pregnant, you are also considered to be a high-risk dental patient? Why? The hormones in a woman’s body change to help produce a new life, creating many changes that even affect the mouth. Learn more about pregnancy and dental health from your female dentist in Ft. Collins!
How Will Pregnancy Affect Your Oral Health?
The moment you know that you are pregnant, you have a list of people that you want to contact to share the exciting news. You should add your dentist to that list! It’s important to notify your dental team of the good news as well so they can keep an extra close eye on your oral health and how the pregnancy is affecting it.
There are a few different things that can happen in the mouth while carrying a child, including:
- A higher risk of developing gum disease. As mentioned above, the hormones in your body will change and this can sometimes affect the gums. Hormones can leave your gums swollen, puffy, and even cause bleeding during your dental routine. Have your dentist assist you with this problem before true gum disease sets into your mouth.
- Increased risk of tooth decay. Pregnant women may become more prone to developing cavities from tooth decay because their diet may change. Some may eat more carbohydrates than normal. Others may also experience morning sickness which leaves a nasty acid in the mouth to erode the enamel on your teeth.
- You may experience “pregnancy tumors.” These are overgrowths of tissue that appear on the gums and between teeth because of excess plaque on the teeth.
Your dentist will be able to help you address these concerns when you openly communicate with them about your pregnancy.
Your Dentist Will Look Out for You and Your New Baby’s Health
Ultimately, your dentist in Ft. Collins wants your whole family to be healthy—even the newest members of your family. Your dentist will help you monitor a few things about your oral health while you’re carrying to ensure that you and your little one have a healthy pregnancy:
- Medications that you’re currently taking. It’s important to communicate the medications you may be currently taking—even prenatal vitamins—to your dentist. This will help to determine if your dentist should or will prescribe any other medications for you to use.
- Safe local anesthesia if you need a procedure. Many mothers are afraid of getting dental work because they think that it may be painful, but don’t want to be numbed in worry of hurting the baby. You can rest assured that local anesthesia is safe for you and your baby when administered by your family dentist in Ft. Collins.
- Monitored, safe dental x-rays during your dental visits. You can also rest assured that dental x-rays won’t harm you or the baby. The amount of radiation is very low and will not negatively affect your pregnancy.
As you can tell, your dentist is here to be your partner in better oral health—even when you’re on the journey to becoming a new mom!
About Our Office
Here at Aspen Dental Care, we love meeting new patients and taking care of our loyal ones as well. If your family has been visiting us, we would be more than happy to invite a new family member into our office. Even after your pregnancy, you can bring your little one here when their first tooth develops! Contact us today to schedule your next visit.
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