Are you pregnant? Congratulations!
Have you considered your dental care during pregnancy? We know you have a lot on your mind right now and lots of exciting plans to make. Even though dental care isn’t as exciting as a baby shower, we hope that you’ll take a few minutes to find out how important dental care during pregnancy is to your health and the health of your unborn child and why you want to keep up with your check-ups.
If you are making plans to get pregnant, schedule an appointment with Dr. Burgdorf so that we can get an idea of your current dental health. This gives us a good baseline to compare against throughout your pregnancy and also gives us the opportunity to treat any dental health problems now-- before you get pregnant.
Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy
One of our biggest concerns for our expecting patients is periodontal disease. Studies have shown an association between periodontal disease and low birth weight babies. Unfortunately, pregnancy hormones also increase your risk of periodontal disease! We want you to have a healthy pregnancy, so treating any gum disease is a high priority.
There’s no reason to avoid dental appointments during pregnancy. In fact, it’s important that you continue your regular schedule of check-ups and cleanings. We do recommend that you call us early in your pregnancy to let us know that you are expecting so that we can review your health and address any issues.
During your pregnancy, we will avoid x-rays unless you are having a dental emergency. If you are in fact having an emergency, we will use every precaution available to shield you from radiation. We use digital x-rays, so the radiation output is already minimal, but we would still prefer not to expose you at all if we don’t have to.
Home Care During Pregnancy
One of the most common problems that women tend to experience during pregnancy is an aversion to brushing their teeth because of morning sickness (which, of course, is not limited to the morning!). Vomiting frequently can also be damaging to your teeth.
If you are having problems with brushing because of morning sickness, try switching to a bland toothpaste flavor. We can recommend some, if you’d like. If nothing else, make sure to rinse your mouth well anytime you vomit to get rid of the residue and acids.
We are excited to be a part of your healthcare team during this momentous part of your life. Anytime you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call.