Dental Care During Pregnancy

At Lakeshore Dental Center, we pride ourselves on creating relationships with our clients and making them feel at home in a comfortable environment. Due to this, we see most of our clients go through major life milestones! Through teenagerhood, marriage, and now childbirth, we’re excited to help you along the way!

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment.

However, among all the exciting news, remember: your teeth and gums change alongside the body during pregnancy. This is why it is important to look after and care for the teeth during pregnancy as the change in hormones can in some cases increase the risk of gum disease. In some rare cases, the major changes that pregnancy causes to the body can even lead to tooth loss- so please, take care of your teeth! Below are some tips to ensure your teeth stay in great health through pregnancy.

If you are pregnant, or if you are trying or suspect you may be pregnant, always make sure to tell both your doctor AND dentist. By telling us this, we can take the extra steps to ensure your pregnancy goes along smoothly, such as not taking x-rays and postponing all optional dental procedures.
As well as this, make sure to inform your dentist of all the names AND dosages of all the drugs/medications you are on, as well as all prescribed prenatal vitamins you are taking.

On top of this, also make sure to tell your dentist of all specific medical advice your doctor has told you. By telling us this information, we can aid your journey through pregnancy by changing your dental treatment and avoiding certain drugs commonly used in dentistry to make sure the development of the child is not affected.

Dental Care During Pregnancy

Though we always try to avoid x-rays at all costs during pregnancy, sometimes they are necessary for dental emergencies. We know it can be scary during this time, but developments in the technology with digital x-rays has made it so that the radiation exposure during an X-ray is extremely low. On top of this, we at Lakeshore Dental Center take extreme care to make the X-ray as safe as possible for you and your child.

We know the dentist can be an uncomfortable visit at times, but pregnancy is the worst time to be skipping dental appointments. The hormonal changes the pregnancy causes to the body put you at an increased risk of pregnancy gingivitis, a condition where the gums become tender and bleed easily. If you notice any tenderness, swelling, or bleeding in the gums at any time during your pregnancy, please contact us as soon as possible for a checkup.

Right Diet for Your Teeth and Baby

Plan a balanced and healthy meal containing a good source for calcium and other essential minerals like cheese and yogurt. Keep in mind that your baby’s first teeth start developing around 3 months into pregnancy.

It is very common during pregnancy to develop a severe craving for sweet snacks. However, keep in mind that the more frequently you snack, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay.

Right Diet for Your Teeth and Baby

Dental Changes During Pregnancy

The body is not the only thing that goes through changes during pregnancy; your mouth is going through quite a bit of change as well! Research shows that periodontal disease can put the pregnancy at risk as well as cause preterm delivery. So, enough emphasis cannot be put to say that it is so very important to have regular dental appointments during the pregnancy so that we can help you have a smooth journey through pregnancy.

More lightly, pregnancy can also cause an increase in cavities due to the increased acidity in the mouth. However, as you may be experiencing cravings, cavities may also be caused due to an increased sugar intake. Thus, preventative dental care is important to avoid this.

You may notice that your teeth may be moving slightly during your pregnancy, however, this does not necessarily increase tooth loss. This is typically a result of loosed ligaments and bones in the mouth as a result of pregnancy. Though this is usually the case, it is always important to get your dentist to look at your teeth if you are experiencing this as it may be a result of a different condition and it is always best to confirm the cause!

When in the third trimester, there is an increase in the level of plaque and bacteria that sticks to the teeth as a result of the body’s inflammatory response to pregnancy. The plaque and bacteria let out toxins that not only can lead to gingivitis, swelling, and bleeding in the gums, but can also lead to infection in the bones and gums. If untreated, when the condition becomes severe it may enter the bloodstream and make you very ill.

Recommended Dental Care During Pregnancy

Even if you are not pregnant, dental cleaning and assessment should be something everyone makes appointments for at least every six months. Aside from it being beneficial to your oral and overall health, poor oral health has also been tied to risk of diabetes, oral osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infection, and many other illnesses.

Tell both your doctor and dentist if you are pregnant, are trying, or suspect you may be pregnant, and rest assured knowing that most preventative treatments are safe to undergo while pregnant. In fact, by not undergoing preventative care you may be putting yourself at risk of more severe issues, and in some rare cases even preterm delivery.

At home, you can maintain good oral hygiene by doing the following.

  • Keep your sugar intake to a minimum
  • Floss your teeth daily
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a toothpaste that contains fluoride
Recommended Dental Care During Pregnancy

Though dental care is important throughout your life, during pregnancy is a time where oral health is especially crucial and should never be ignored. If you are suffering from irritated gums, you may try rinsing them out with saltwater (1 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of salt in it), but if this does not help, please contact your dentist. At Lakeshore Dental Center we are eager to help you at every step along the way during your pregnancy, and by visiting us for regular dental checkups, you’ll be meeting your baby with a great smile!