Hello Tri City Dental Care of Cerritos Family!
Today we would like to take the time to visit the topic of good oral health care during one of the most exciting times of a woman’s life as she experiences pregnancy!
It is a common misconception to think that regular dental visits should be put off during pregnancy. Quite contrary to this, the American Dental Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all encourage women to receive and maintain dental care while pregnant. Maintaining good overall health, including dental health is crucial during pregnancy for the expectant mom and her developing baby.
Some Dental Concerns During Pregnancy:
1) Pregnancy gingivitis which is the inflammation of gums that can be sore and tender.
2) Food aversions causing an increase consumption of carbs and sugar in the diet.
3) Dental infections if left untreated may possibly lead to a systemic infection, which can adversely affect a growing fetus in numerous ways such as:
- Spontaneous miscarriage
- Premature labor and birth
- Low birth weight
- Still born
What about local anesthetics and xrays during a dental appointment?
The use of local anesthetics and xrays during dental visits is considered safe during pregnancy. A study conducted in the August 2015 issue of the Journal of American Dentistry Association concluded that there is no evidence to show that the use of local anesthetics or xrays during dental treatment is harmful during pregnancy.
In addition to receiving regular dental care during pregnancy, it is also vital to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen at home:
- Brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste
- Floss between your teeth daily
- Use a fluoridated mouth rinse daily
- Eat a well balanced diet and minimize foods high in sugar.
Feel free to pass this information to anyone whom you think would benefit from it.
More information can be found at the following link: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/pregnancy/