Dental Health Care During Pregnancy


Are you pregnant and concerned about having dental care? Are you inclined to delay your dental care and dental hygiene appointments until your baby is born? -Well, now you can put your oral healthcare worries at ease because the experts encourage women to proceed with their oral health care.  Furthermore, the American Dental Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agree that delaying oral healthcare during pregnancy is potentially harmful to you and your baby.


What are the most common dental problems that women face during their pregnancy? One problem is gum inflammation.  Pregnancy causes hormone changes, and those hormone changes in the body increase’s a woman’s risk of gum inflammation and gingivitis.  Both swelling and bleeding gums are signs of gingivitis.  Without the dental treatment, gingivitis can lead to a much bigger problem of periodontitis.  Unfortunately, periodontitis is an infection that reaches below the gum level and compromises the actual tissue that holds teeth together.  Without dental treatment, teeth can become loose and even fall out.   So, what can you do you do yourself to care for your inflamed gums? -The American Dental Association recommends that you brush for at least for 2 minutes using a fluoride toothpaste.  You should also floss once per day to remove the harmful build-up of the sticky bacteria, known as plaque.


Tooth erosion is another common dental problem that pregnant woman face.  When pregnant women repeatedly vomit because of morning sickness, their teeth are repeatedly exposed to harmful acid.  In turn, they experience a loss of the hard enamel layer of their teeth.  If you are pregnant and frequently vomiting, how can you prevent tooth erosion? -  The American Dental Association recommends that after vomiting, you should rinse your mouth out with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of water.  This rinse allows your tooth enamel to harden, and then you can brush your teeth after 1 hour.


Together, these simple dental care tips combined with your regular visits with your dentist is recommended during your pregnancy. Professionals agree that oral health is both safe and imperative to a healthy pregnancy. So, remember to schedule your next dental cleaning and checkup with Dr. Morse, Dr. Visscher, and Team in Lakewood, CO at 303-279-6929 or click Appointment Request.  We look forward to seeing you!