Many people say “one tooth is lost with every pregnancy” and “it is unsafe to see a dentist while pregnant” but they are just myths. There’s so much to worry about when you are pregnant that teeth often end up being at the end of your priority list; however, you should continue to see your dentist on a regular basis even when you are expecting. If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, you should visit your dentist right away. Otherwise, the recommended time your first dental checkup is in the first trimester.
During your first visit, your dentist will help map out any dental concerns that need to be addressed as soon as possible to help keep you and your baby safe. Your dentist may have you come in every 3 or 4 months to prevent and monitor your gums. Gingivitis is a gum infection that causes sore, swelling and bleeding gums. Your risk for developing gingivitis is higher in pregnancy because of hormones. Luckily, gingivitis can be reversed but if it’s not treated or prevented it can lead to periodontal gum disease. It’s been known for a while that gum disease can lead to heart disease and diabetes but now researchers show that there is a link between low birth weight and gum disease. Excessive bacteria can enter the bloodstream through your gums and if this happens it then travels to your uterus which triggers a production of chemicals that leads to premature labor.
Many pregnant women suffer from midnight cravings, however, snacking or eating sugary foods may increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Tooth decay is a white sticky film that forms on the teeth. The bacteria from sugar then converts into an acid and the acid attacks the teeth. The longer the acid stays on the teeth, the longer the acid attacks the teeth and then tooth decay occurs.
Our Marietta Dentist, Kirk Kimmerling DDS, Suzanna Aguilera DMD, and Garrick McGrath DMD invite you to learn more about your oral health during pregnancy. Please contact our office at 770-423-4900 or schedule an appointment for a consultation.