Don’t Forget Your Prenatal Dental Care Checkup


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Did you know that having good oral health is just as important for you as it is for your baby?
More research is showing just how important having a healthy smile can be for a healthy
pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Since pregnant women experience hormone changes that can affect their smile, getting a
checkup from your dentist if you plan on becoming pregnant or if you are pregnant can help
you enjoy pregnancy even more and have a beautiful smile during this time too!

The following are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t neglect to schedule your prenatal care
checkup with your dentist.

Prevent Bacteria from Being Transferred to Your Child

According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, If your smile contains
bacteria that cause tooth decay, you could pass these bacteria on to your child through kissing,
sharing utensils, and otherwise transferring saliva once your baby is born [1].

By getting a checkup with your dentist, you can help ensure that your smile is free of tooth
decay so that you won’t have to worry about passing on bacteria once your beautiful baby is
here!

It’s Safe to Receive Treatment During Pregnancy

Even if you haven’t visited the dentist before your pregnancy, it’s a good time to make an
appointment while you’re pregnant. It’s safe to get treatment for gum disease, take x-rays, and
even receive local anesthesia while you’re carrying your baby [2].

There’s no reason to put off treatment for tooth decay or gum disease during your pregnancy,
so don’t wait to talk to your dentist about your oral health.

Help Prevent Premature Birth and Low Birth Weight

Gum disease in pregnant mothers has been linked to premature birth and babies with a low
birth weight. Research suggest that bacteria that causes gum inflammation can enter the
bloodstream and affect your developing baby, leading to premature labor and a lower than
normal birth weight [3].

Getting gum disease under control prior to or during your pregnancy can help you carry your
baby to term and deliver a healthy baby. With nearly half of all American adults having gum
disease, preventive measures are important for those who plan to conceive!

Prevent and Address Oral Health Issues During Pregnancy

Bacteria aren’t the only things that can cause gum problems and other oral health issues during
pregnancy. Pregnant women experience a fluctuation of hormones as their pregnancy
progresses that can make gum tissue swell and become more tender and sensitive [4].

These symptoms usually peak in the second trimester and in most cases, diminish after your
baby is born. However, given the fact that we know the risk gum disease poses for unborn
babies, seeking advice from your professional dentist during this time is important to ensure
you take care of your smile for your baby.

With all the things going on during your pregnancy, it’s understandable that you’d neglect to
visit your dentist for your checkup. However, getting a prenatal care checkup from your oral
health provider is just as important as keeping up with your other appointments. If you’re
pregnant or planning to become pregnant, this is a great time to schedule an appointment with
your dentist!

Sources:
1. https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Oral-Health-Care-During-Pregnancy-and-Through-the-Lifespan
2. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=134&contentid=84
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217279/
4. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/swollen-gums-during-pregnancy/

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Don’t Forget Your Prenatal Dental Care Checkup
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Don’t Forget Your Prenatal Dental Care Checkup
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Getting a prenatal care checkup from your oral health provider is just as important as keeping up with your other appointments. If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, this is a great time to schedule an appointment with your dentist!
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Centreville Dental Wellness Center