When you’re expecting a baby it’s a very exciting time! There’s so much to get done and think about in a short period. You also have to focus on taking good care of yourself during this time. One aspect of your health that is very important during pregnancy is your oral health. While this may not be at the top of your priority list, oral health plays a key role in healthy pregnancies.
Pregnancy and Periodontal Health
Pregnancy brings with it a lot of hormonal changes. These hormones can actually increase your risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease. Pregnancy gingivitis is a condition you might develop that causes your gums to become red, swollen, or irritated, and sometimes they may bleed when you brush your teeth.
For most women, this condition clears up after the baby is born and hormones begin to stabilize again. However, it’s important to visit your dentist during your pregnancy for thorough cleanings and checkups to monitor your oral health, and effectively control any cases of pregnancy gingivitis.
Periodontal Disease and Your Baby
There have been links between periodontal disease and low birth weight or preterm deliveries. We understand that the bacteria that is causing your gingivitis can enter the bloodstream and travel to the uterus. Here it may contribute to the production of chemicals that could induce labor.
Your dentist may recommend additional cleanings with your hygienist during your pregnancy in order to reduce the plaque and bacteria buildup that contribute to pregnancy gingivitis.
Schedule Your Routine Checkup With Your Dentist
If you are pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant, it’s a good time to schedule a routine visit with your Turlock, CA dentist. Dr. Michael Ratto can help monitor your oral health throughout your pregnancy and after to ensure that you have a safe delivery and a healthy baby.