You just found out that you are pregnant? Congratulations! Here at Plymouth Dentistry, we are so happy for you! There are so many things to think about, and we are sure that our fellow Plymouth, MI, citizens are giving you an earful about what to expect during your pregnancy and how to best take care of your growing baby.
You will get some advice you can keep and some you can leave, but the best advice will come right now: see your dentist! That’s right. While your OBGYN or midwife is talented and is looking out for the rest of your body, they are not looking out for your teeth! That’s where we step in.
Being pregnant is a season of changes and questions, but we can help you have a fantastic experience by ensuring that your teeth are healthy and clean. However, there’s more to it than just that!
A Trip to the Dentist is Key
Seeing a dentist during your pregnancy is extremely important. Not only will it make your mouth feel healthy and clean (which is great when you are feeling nauseous), but it will take care of the gum disease risk that all pregnant women have.
Gum disease is a very prominent infection in people around the world, but here in the US, we know that about 47% of all adults have gum disease. This is according to a recent study done by the CDC. Half of the adults in the United States have gum disease, and pregnant women are at high risk for infection, but that’s not all!
More Likely to Occur – Research shows that gum disease is more likely to occur in pregnant women due to the ever-shifting hormones. If you have an infection before you get pregnant, it is likely to expand quickly. If you were healthy before, you might find yourself dealing with your first infection.
The Risks Are Significant – Gum disease on its own is bad enough, but study after study has shown that gum disease is connected with premature delivery and low birthweight babies. The health of your smile can affect your baby’s healthy outcome!
Steps to Protect Baby
From the moment you found out you were pregnant, you began protecting your baby from harmful chemicals, dangerous foods, and heavy equipment. Now you know that your oral health could also have a massive impact, which is why we recommend the following ideas to help you keep your mouth and baby healthy!
Drink Plenty of Fluid – Your saliva has natural components that help it fight bacteria in your mouth. However, if you are not making enough saliva, it cannot do its job. Most pregnancy research recommends drinking 10-12 glasses of water each day! Be sure you are meeting those goals so that your mouth stays hydrated.
Brush Adequately – The ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes each morning and evening. You should spend at least 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. Brush using a fluoride toothpaste and a comfortable toothbrush (soft bristle).
Floss Well – Your number one defense against gum disease is floss. Floss between and around each of your teeth to ensure that you have removed as much bacteria as you possibly can! If morning sickness makes it difficult to put your fingers in your mouth, switch to flossers for the time being.
See the Dentist – Come into the office for a dental appointment. We can clean your teeth and remove any signs of infection that we might see. If we do find infection, we have safe methods to remove the infection so that you can focus on growing that baby!
Contact Our Office to Make Your Appointment
Don’t hesitate to call and make your appointment. We can’t wait to see you and your bump soon. We know how to make you feel comfortable and at ease, so call today, and let’s get started!