If you’re pregnant, then you’re no stranger to the myriad of required appointments and doctor’s visits that will take place over the next nine months. However, there is one check-up that you may not have considered adding to your schedule: your visit to the dentist! Paying a visit to your dentist during your pregnancy will not only protect your teeth and gums, but it can also keep you and the baby safe as well. Therefore, if you’re expecting, be sure to take the following four easy steps for your oral health!
Step 1: Schedule a check-up.
Thinking that you should avoid the dentist because you’re pregnant? Actually, it’s the opposite! Regular dental checkups are critical for helping to prevent common pregnancy-related oral health issues like pregnancy gingivitis. Thankfully, most dental procedures are completely safe for mom and the baby!
Step 2: Share the good news with your dentist!
When you schedule your visit to the dentist, be sure to let them know that you’re expecting! This will allow your dentist to cater their treatments and medications to your needs. Therefore, even if you think you might be pregnant, be sure to let them know! This can give them the opportunity to give you the helpful advice and prenatal care tips to keep you and your baby healthy throughout the pregnancy.
Step 3: Plan your procedures accordingly.
While many dental procedures like fillings, crowns, or even root canals are quite safe, your dentist might suggest that you wait to get these procedures until after you’ve given birth—particularly for high-risk pregnancies. That said, some treatments are actually critical to preventing premature labor, and your dentist may actually recommend certain procedures to be completed right away. Ultimately, every case is different, so be sure to keep your dentist in the loop so they can give you the best advice for your specific needs.
Step 4: Protect yourself from these common pregnancy-related oral health concerns.
Did you know that you might be at greater risk for certain oral health issues during your pregnancy? For example, up to half of pregnant women will develop pregnancy gingivitis because, as your hormones adjust, you might be more susceptible to plaque. This can cause your gums to become inflamed and, if left unchecked, this issue can actually put you at greater risk for early labor. Pregnant women may also experience loose or shifting teeth (due to high levels of progesterone and estrogen), increased risk of tooth decay (as a result of morning sickness), and even sensitive pregnancy tumors on the gums! While this may seem overwhelming, there’s no need to worry—we’re here to help. Your dentist will share all of the best ways to help prevent these oral health issues from occurring—whether that includes adjustments to your standard oral healthcare routine, at-home remedies, or even in-office procedures! We’ll make sure that you and the baby are happy and healthy throughout your pregnancy.
If you’re expecting a new addition to the family, there’s no time like the present to schedule your next dentist appointment.
Call Steger Smiles today to let us know the good news and plan your visit!