How Pregnancy Can Affect Oral Health
Are you thinking about starting a family, are you pregnant, or have you recently given birth? It is such an exciting time to experience any of these stages. Whether you are planning out the future of your family, growing a new life, or adjusting to a life with a newborn, we know you probably aren’t thinking about your oral health. You may be surprised to learn that pregnancy can greatly impact the state of your oral health. Pregnancy hormones can make you more susceptible to decay and gum disease. Below are recommendations for dealing with your oral health during all stages of pregnancy.
Dental Care Before Pregnancy
If you are planning to add to your family in the coming months, we recommend scheduling your next hygiene examination. We can check the state of your oral health and determine if any treatments are necessary immediately. Certain treatments are not recommended during pregnancy, and we would prefer to ensure that your oral health is in excellent condition.
Dental Care During Pregnancy
The risk of gum disease greatly increases during pregnancy, so it is important to continue to care for your teeth properly at home. There is no need to skip your cleaning appointments during your pregnancy.
Dental Care After Pregnancy
It can be difficult to adjust to life with a newborn. Even though it may be challenging, we encourage you to maintain your routine appointments so we can be sure there were no changes to your oral health during your pregnancy. It can be difficult to put your needs first, but we want to offer a gentle reminder to continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal.
If you are pregnant or thinking of adding to your family in the near future, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment for a hygiene examination. We look forward to seeing you in our office located in Spotswood, NJ soon.