Pregnancy brings with it many joys and surprises, but it also brings about some health changes. Among the other bodily changes that occur during pregnancy, some changes in your oral health status may occur as well. Hormonal gingivitis is common during pregnancy and can present suddenly with red, swollen gums that bleed. If you notice these changes or have any further questions about oral health during pregnancy, please don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with New Orleans dentists, Dr. Maria R. Burmaster and Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill.
For patients who suffer with morning- or anytime- sickness, the increased exposure of the teeth to acids from the stomach can pose a risk for tooth enamel erosion which can affect the strength of your teeth. It is also important to discuss this with Drs. Burmaster and Hemphill if you have experienced significant morning sickness during your pregnancy.
In addition to brushing twice daily and flossing once daily, it is also recommended that you rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash once a day.
Fluoride is critical for strengthening your own and your baby’s teeth to prevent decay. All products with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval are safe for pregnant women, although if you are considering new products that are not ADA endorsed, it is important to speak with Drs. Burmaster and Hemphill to ensure that they are safe for you and your baby.
It is important to maintain your preventive dental care during pregnancy to monitor for any oral health changes. Though x-rays and dental procedures are usually safe during pregnancy, dental treatment may be postponed in the event of a high-risk pregnancy. It is crucial to alert Drs. Burmaster and Hemphill about your pregnancy during your visit so that we can take additional care to make sure you are as safe and comfortable as possible.
Your dental health is important, both during your pregnancy and after! Keep your smile looking and feeling its best with regular visits to our New Orleans dentist office and be sure to come in if an oral health concern arises during your pregnancy.