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If you or a loved one are pregnant or plan to be pregnant, this post is for you! Pregnancy hormones can wreak havoc with your oral health. So, if you are planning to get pregnant the best defense is to keep up on your dental visits and continue brushing and flossing regularly.

Here are the facts:

-75% of pregnant women experience bleeding gums due to normal hormonal changes.

-Small round raised areas known as pregnancy tumors may occur around the 2nd trimester. They are not malignant, and in most cases disappear after your bundle of joy arrives.

-Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. Signs include swelling and bleeding of the gums. Left untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis & tooth loss.

-The ADA & American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists agree that dental care during pregnancy is safe to continue.

-According to Dr. Yiping Han, professor of Microbial Sciences in Dental Medicine & Microbiology & Immunology at Columbia University Medical Center, bacteria from the mouth can easily get into the bloodstream once a women’s gums are bleeding. Once the bacteria are in the blood, they can go almost anywhere. The placenta is an immunosuppressed organ, and that makes it easy for the bacteria to colonize the placenta.

-Gum disease can cause a baby to be born prematurely or too small.

Tips!

-Try to address your dental health prior to pregnancy

-Brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss every day, use soft bristles.

-If you have morning sickness and can’t brush without vomiting, rinse with water or mouthwash.

-Eat healthily and avoid sweets. Your baby’s teeth start developing between 3-6 months of pregnancy so it’s important to get the proper nutrients like calcium, protein and Vitamin A, C & D for baby’s healthy teeth.

-If you are pregnant, continue your normal dental visits, and let your dentist know you are expecting!

-You may get x rays while pregnant, just let your dentist know so they can cover you appropriately with the lead apron and neck collar.

-Let your dentist and obstetrician know if you experience any changes in your gums like bleeding, swelling, loose teeth, mouth sores during your pregnancy. There is a condition called pregnancy gingivitis that you are susceptible to due to hormonal changes.

Please call us today if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and experiencing any of these issues. We are passionate about your dental health and bringing healthy children into this world.

Additional information:

March of Dimes

Dr. Yiping Han