Oral Health Strategies: Pregnancy and Dental Health

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To continue receiving the necessary oral health care to ensure your smile can thrive for many decades to come, you will need to be aware of all potential risk factors and scenarios that may arise. If you are female, be aware that while you’re pregnant, you will suffer from significant oral health risks if you’re not careful. Thus, if you find yourself pregnant, make sure you let your dentist know. Several visits to your dentist will be needed to ensure that no damage is occurring to your teeth and gums. They can also determine if you are at an increased risk for other forms of injuries.

When you are pregnant, you will be at an increased risk of gum disease. Because of this, you will need to implement effective oral hygiene care beyond that which you have been using in the past. This includes always making sure that you brush your teeth twice daily, floss once per day and continue to practice effective oral health care treatments on a daily basis as best of your ability. Your diet will also need to change if you haven’t changed it already. This includes avoiding sugar and eating well-balanced, nutritious meals.

When you are pregnant, it is important to let your dentist know about your current condition, as well as any prenatal vitamins and medications you are currently using. Due to the heightened risks of poor oral health when you are pregnant, speak with your dentist about any treatment methods you can use to help keep your smile safe. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to health risks such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and premature delivery. Thus, continue to care for your smile as your baby grows.

For more information concerning your oral health while pregnant or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gilbert Fernandez and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by calling 505-898-8063. Our office thanks you for stopping by!