Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life! There’s a lot to consider and think about during your pregnancy, and your health should be at the top of your list. Taking good care of yourself is critical to having a successful pregnancy, and something you may not realize is important is your oral health. Dr. David Earnest, your dentist in New Braunfels, discusses how oral health relates to pregnancy.
The hormone changes you experience during pregnancy can trigger a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. This occurs when excessive plaque build up irritates your gums and causes them to swell or bleed when you brush. Gingivitis is actually the first stage of gum disease, and if it’s left untreated, it can develop into an infection of your gum tissue and bone.
Gingivitis has also been linked with low birth weight babies. This is because the bacteria associated with gingivitis that resides below the gum line can actually enter into your bloodstream, travel to the uterus, and trigger the production of chemicals and hormones than induce early labor. For this reason, it’s important to work closely with Dr. Earnest during your pregnancy to closely monitor your oral health.
How is Pregnancy Gingivitis Treated?
If you know you’re pregnant, or you’re planning to become pregnant, it’s a good idea to visit Comal Dental for a routine cleaning and checkup. Depending on the condition of your oral health, Dr. Earnest may recommend additional cleaning appointments during your pregnancy to help keep plaque buildup under control.
Gingivitis can typically be managed with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care. Our hygienists will take the time to offer helpful tips and suggestions on optimum brushing and flossing techniques to ensure you make the most of your home care routine.
Most cases of pregnancy gingivitis dissipate after the delivery of your baby, however Dr. Earnest will help monitor your oral health to ensure that you don’t encounter any issues after your pregnancy. Non-emergency dental procedures should wait until after the birth of your baby.
Contact our office today to learn more and schedule your next appointment.