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Why is it important to go to the dentist while I’m pregnant?

I heard that pregnant women are more prone to dental infections and that they should go to the dentist regularly. Why is that?

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I heard that pregnant women are more prone to dental infections and that they should go to the dentist regularly. Why is that?

The Bump Expert

You should get regular dental exams and preventive dental care during pregnancy because your progesterone hormone levels are on the rise, which can cause your gums to have a weird response to plaque bacteria -- a lot more plaque buildup than normal. This buildup can make your gums puffy and red and may even make you bleed when you brush your teeth (yikes!). Taking extra care of your teeth at home and having frequent cleanings at your dentist’s office will help control plaque buildup and also control the inflammation in your gums. If inflammation and plaque buildup are left untreated, you can get a dental infection, which may be problematic during pregnancy because studies have shown that poor dental care has been linked to premature births and may interfere with baby’s development.

So how often should you go to the dentist? Well, we’re not talking every month, but you should still follow the recommended schedule your dentist gives you for cleanings and exams (usually every six months). Your dentist might also tell you to come in more often if he sees that your gums are trapping more food and bacteria than usual.

And if you’re wondering what kind of dental work is safe to have during pregnancy, know that cavities and root canals can and should be treated to reduce the risk of infection. It’s better to get these procedures done when you’re in your second trimester, since in your third trimester you may have a harder time staying comfortable during a long dental appointment. Getting veneers and other cosmetic procedures should wait until after delivery, and although there haven’t been any risks identified with professional teeth whitening while pregnant, I prefer my patients not risk anything.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Why is my mouth so dry?

Are swollen, bleeding gums a pregnancy symptom?

Swollen Gums During Pregnancy

expert Chris Kammer, DDS Chris Kammer, DDS, Lifetime Family Dentistry, and president of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health

Why is it important to go to the dentist while I’m pregnant?

I have not responded to a post before but i must on this one! I am a public health RN and do a lot of talking about this subject. Look up something called vertical transmission of dental bacteria. Most people do not realize that they can transmit the bacteria in their mouths to their unborn child which in turn can cause them to have dental disease in the future. This is true of the bacteria that cause cavities! So, not just for your own dental health, but for the future health of your babies teeth, make sure yours are good to go!

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Why is it important to go to the dentist while I’m pregnant?

I'm a DH and women with periodontal disease (gum disease) have a higher risk of having premature births and low birth weight babies!

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Why is it important to go to the dentist while I’m pregnant?

Maybe you should also talk to a Tucson braces specialist. I'm pretty sure that he/she can help you understand why such periodical checkups are good for you. Good luck and take care!!

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Why is it important to go to the dentist while I’m pregnant?

You might want also want to take a look in the Cincinnati classifieds section. There you can find a lot of dentists where could could ask for advice. More opinions are better than one in my book.

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Why is it important to go to the dentist while I’m pregnant?

I think that the people here already offered enough good answers, but if you need a professional discussion I recommend talking to dentists Nashua NH. Hope you never have any dental problems. Good luck!!

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Why is it important to go to the dentist while I’m pregnant?

Yes, you can see a dentist, & you require to tell them you are pregnant. They won't take XRays or administer pain medication, however. You ought to also let your OB/GYN know you have a dentist appointment so if there is some kind of complication they are aware of your procedures. Home Teeth Whitening Kits

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Why is it important to go to the dentist while I’m pregnant?

When I was pregnant I went to Trey White clinic and they also checked my gums, I never knew that during pregnancy gums to have a weird response to plaque bacteria. My niece transmitted the bacteria from her mouth to the unborn child and she felt very bad for this, not to mention about the complications that could appear.

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I thought I was CRAZY! I have to brush my teeth 3x a day because of plaque buildup

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