Why Your Smile Is Vital to a Healthy Pregnancy

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At our dental practice in Olathe, Kansas, we want our moms-to-be to know how important their smile health is for a healthy pregnancy, as their oral health impacts their developing child as well.

Pregnancy Gingivitis: This is an inflammation of your gums from hormone changes during pregnancy that can cause them to swell, bleed, and feel tender. Gum disease can directly affect the health of your baby as it develops in utero.

Tooth Decay: To avoid tooth decay while you are pregnant, remember to focus on healthy foods, avoid sugary snacks, and limit snacking in general because the more you snack the more your pearly whites are susceptible to decay. Focus on eating healthy as much as possible, including cheese or yogurt, vegetables, fresh fruit and nuts.

Pregnancy Tumors: Tissue overgrowth—pregnancy tumors—can develop on the gums, usually in the second trimester. This swelling between the teeth may arise due to excess plaque in the mouth which isn’t removed daily. Lack of daily brushing and flossing, whether from exhaustion, morning sickness, a heightened gag reflex, or tender gums, needs to be reversed and your oral hygiene stepped up, now more than ever.

As poor oral health has been linked to premature delivery, low-growth rate in utero, preeclampsia and even gestational diabetes, we want to encourage you to support your smile health with the following:

–Six-month routine visits are vital due to hormonal changes that may cause gingivitis or pregnancy tumors.

–Brush with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day and floss daily.

–Rinse nightly with mouth wash that has fluoride and is alcohol-free.

–Chewing gum or using mints containing xylitol after eating can help reduce bacteria that cause tooth decay.

–If you experience morning sickness with vomiting, you can rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to keep acid from attacking your teeth.

–Take good care of your gums as periodontal disease can lead to early birth or miscarriage.

Take good care of you as you are caring for your developing baby. If you have any oral health concerns or want to schedule a visit, we invite you to call 913-780-0123 today. At our practice in Olathe, Kansas, Dr. Sylvia A. Spradlin and our team are here to support your healthy smile and healthy baby!