24 Apr Oral health during pregnancy
In the period of pregnancy you should take care of your health in general, but also especially oral health, as this care prevents diseases such as periodontitis, also low birth weight of the baby or premature birth.
Can pregnancy affect dental health?
Women who are pregnant and have periodontal disease / periodontitis (gum disease) have a higher risk of premature birth and having low birth weight babies. Apparently, gum disease increases the level of inflammatory products that affect pregnancy. In addition, there are studies that say that gum disease worsens with pregnancy because of the hormonal changes that exist during this period.
How to prevent and detect dental and periodontal disease?
Always the first recommendation is that when you notice any alteration in oral health status, go to a specialist. These alterations, or rather the symptoms of this disease, are usually that the gums are red, that they bleed when brushing the teeth, that they appear sores or lumps, bad breath and even pain in some tooth.
To prevent all these symptoms it is essential to perform dental check-ups before, during and after pregnancy periodically, oral hygiene is also highly recommended to prevent cavities and to maintain good hygiene that is very important for oral health.
These tips will have a greater prevention of oral disease and also help us to also have better overall health. The best thing is to take good care of yourself during this stage, and of course always, and make periodic reviews to ensure that everything is correct.
What should I expect when I consult the dentist during pregnancy?
The first thing we should do is inform the dentist when we schedule the appointment of our pregnancy status. It is better to schedule your dental visit during the fourth to sixth month of your pregnancy because, the first three months of pregnancy are of extreme importance for the development of your child and the incidence of complications can be increased.
Generally, x-rays, anesthetics, pain medications, and antibiotics are not prescribed during the first trimester, unless absolutely necessary.
If you need an emergency appointment, inform the dentist about your pregnancy status before you arrive, so our professionals can prepare for the best consultation. He must inform you about everything, and when we say everything we refer to any problem that may arise, a history of abortions if this is the case and the medications he takes.
At Clínica Blasi, we want to help you preserve your health and that of your baby, for any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.