Pregnant Here’s what Else to Expect

what else to expect when pregnantAnderson, Clemson, and Seneca, SC

Morning sickness, hunger, fatigue, and back pain are often expected during pregnancy. When you are pregnant, it is impossible to know everything to expect. Although changes to your teeth may not be high on your list of what to expect, they play an important role in the health of you and your baby. Here’s why.

Changing hormones

During pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone levels increase, which cause dental plaque to multiply. This surplus of bacteria in the mouth often causes what is known as pregnancy gingivitis. So, if you experience swollen, red, or bleeding gums while you are pregnant, see the dentist for a checkup. Untreated gingivitis can lead to gum disease and increase the risk of low-birth-weight for baby or pre-term births.

Eating and brushing for two

When you are pregnant, it is hard not to give into those food cravings, but remember you are eating and brushing for two! It is important, especially for a momma to be, to maintain good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Studies have linked oral bacteria to causing premature births and low birth weight in infants. A baby’s teeth begin to develop as soon as three months in utero. Make sure you consume a healthy, balanced diet and that you take good care of your teeth. These efforts aren’t just for you but for your baby, too.

Dental visits are important too

Prenatal checkups, nursery planning, and baby showers are a top priority, but be also sure to add dental visits to your list. Dental checkups and cleanings will help keep your smile healthy and is an opportunity for early detection of oral health complications that could not only affect you but your baby as well.

Oral care during pregnancy is important, but also after your baby arrives. Oral bacteria can easily be transmitted from mom to baby. Be sure not to kiss your baby on the mouth, share eating or drinking utensils, and resist the urge to “clean” your baby’s pacifier by putting it in your mouth.

At SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we welcome patients of all ages. We believe it is especially important to maintain optimal oral health for every patient. Even infants need dental care too.

SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides total oral health care to patients living in the areas of Anderson, Clemson, and Seneca, SC. To schedule an appointment, contact our office by calling (864) 647-9000.

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