If you are expecting a baby, you probably are experiencing a mix of emotions including joy, excitement, anticipation and even anxiety. This is a busy time in your life, filled with prenatal appointments, ultrasounds, and preparing the nursery. Of course, you want the very best for your baby, and are probably stocked up on prenatal vitamins and all the supplies you need for when baby comes. We understand that you have a lot on your plate, but we would also encourage you to also make oral health care a priority during this critical time when baby is developing.
There are many misconceptions about dental care during pregnancy. Some mothers may even have been told that they should avoid going to the dentist while pregnant. However, your oral health is especially important during expectancy. Due to hormonal changes, pregnant mothers are at an increased risk of gingivitis and gum disease, which has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight babies. Pregnant mothers may also have a weakened immune system, which will cause them to require longer healing times, making it important to nip any potential problems in the bud.
The risks of neglecting oral health during pregnancy go beyond the mother’s health and well-being. Bacteria associated with gum disease can travel through the bloodstream, and it is speculated that this bacteria may be what triggers the immune system to send the body the message that it’s time to deliver baby before gestational maturity.
At Coast Dental Centre, we believe in providing all patients, and especially expectant mothers, with comprehensive dental care. We will refrain from any procedures such as x-rays or fillings that are not immediately necessary, but we will ensure that the mother is free from gum disease or gingivitis and can provide helpful tips on maintaining oral health and hygiene during the pregnancy. We will also address any concerns you may have, such as bleeding gums or halitosis, which are common during pregnancy. Hormonal changes can also cause a sour, metallic taste in the mouth- also known as dysgeusia- which is generally not cause for alarm, but can be remedied.
We would like for expectant mothers to begin viewing their dentist as part of their prenatal care team. If you are pregnant or even planning on conceiving in the near future, be sure to let us know so that we can get you started on the right track to ensure your oral health and give baby the best chance at a healthy start.