Pregnancy affects every part of your body. While taking great care of your teeth while pregnant may not seem like a priority, it's vital that you give your teeth and gums special treatment to avoid dental problems. Healthy teeth, disease-free gums, and proper tooth-friendly nutrition will help build your baby's strong teeth and bones, and ensure a smoother delivery. Surprised by the strong pregnancy and oral care connection? Read on to learn why it exists, and bone up on a few specific practices to embrace during this special time.
Oral Hygiene & Diet During Your Pregnancy
Gingivitis during pregnancy is an incredibly common occurrence (in fact, about half of all pregnant woman experience it). The hormonal increase that takes place leads to exaggerated tissue reactions to plaque and bacteria, causing the gums to swell and become tender. Gum inflammation isn't a serious problem if it's dealt with in its early stages. But if it's allowed to progress, it can lead to full-blown gum disease - and more significant issues that affect you and your baby. Soothe your gums and prevent disease by engaging in preventive care:
Dental Resources for Your Pregnancy
Get in touch with our Seattle practice with any questions. We hope to guide you through your pregnancy while keeping your smile healthy and happy!