Appearances aren’t everything – the old adage is true. But when the way we look impacts the way we behave, things get a lot more complicated. Your confidence stems from many different aspects of who you are and how you navigate daily life, but a certain amount is directly related to the way you look. And your smile is always front and center.
Why is dental care so important during pregnancy? Because the changes that take place in your body extend to your mouth. And with the mouth-body connection, dental disease could potentially cause complications and is even more important to avoid than usual. Set up your dental appointment, and keep reading to learn why it’s absolutely crucial that you tend to your teeth for these next nine months.
Pregnant Moms Aren’t Getting Dental Exams
Last month, Cigna released findings from their national survey of moms-to-be. They found that while 76% of pregnant women experience some kind of oral health issue, 43% don’t go for dental checkups while they’re expecting. They find it tough to react to bleeding gums or toothaches because they’ve already got so much on their plates (and some also struggle to find insurance that will cover their dental needs) – but these are significant warning signs that merit professional intervention.
During pregnancy, your hormones are on a nonstop roller coaster ride. This affects the soft tissues in your mouth, and makes it much easier for your gums to swell. Inflamed gums are vulnerable, and pregnancy gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease. If your gums are red, tender, sore, or puffy, they should be examined by a dentist. It can be tough to notice if your gums are changing, especially because gingivitis isn’t always painful – this is one reason why we might recommend that you receive more frequent exams during your pregnancy, so that we can keep an eye on everything.
Consequences Of Gum Disease For Pregnant Women
Periodontitis is always serious, but has an especially big impact on pregnant moms and their babies. The inflammation and harmful bacteria present because of gum disease have larger systemic ramifications. Gum disease may contribute to complications with your delivery, and can contribute to premature birth and low birth weight. There may also be issues with your baby’s likelihood of dental disease as they grow.
What You Can Do!
We want to help guide you through pregnancy – just get in touch if you ever have questions about your teeth or gums (or your baby’s)!