While frequent doctors visits are expected during pregnancy, it’s not uncommon to visit your dentist more often as well!
It’s expected to see your body go through changes during pregnancy, but what you may not realize is that it’s possible for dental changes to occur during pregnancy as well. To make sure you and your baby remain healthy and comfortable, it’s encouraged to stay on track with regular dentist visits and cleanings. In fact, due to some hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, it may be possible that you visit us at Ashley Dental more than just twice a year. Pregnancy is an amazing thing, but we know it can be overwhelming. To help you stay on track with your dental habits while pregnant, just follow along with our tips!
At your next appointment, make sure you let us know you’re pregnant
Just as you would disclose any other medical conditions, it’s important to let your dentist know you’re pregnant. This helps us personalize your appointment to cater to your specific needs. Some modifications we may make include skipping or altering the x-ray process, opting for a different type of medication or anesthesia (if applicable), or even postponing certain treatments depending on your specific pregnancy. As you would during any visit, if you’ve started taking any other medications or vitamins, be sure to let us know. It is completely safe to visit the dentist during pregnancy, but communication ensures we are giving you the best treatment.
Visit us regularly
During pregnancy, you may face certain dental problems that you didn’t have before. For example, as many as half of all women develop pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. Most women typically see this between the second and eighth months of pregnancy. In addition, it’s not uncommon pregnant women to see an increase in cavities. This is due in part to hormonal changes that increase acidity in the mouth, but may also be caused by an increased sugar intake from pregnancy cravings.
Maintain good dental habits
Make sure you’re continuing to brush and floss twice a day! Preventative dental care like brushing and flossing are always the key to avoiding dental problems, and this is certainly the case for pregnant patients as well. If you’re experiencing morning sickness, it’s a good idea to rinse with water and a teaspoon of baking soda to help protect your teeth from stomach acid.
If you’re in need of a dentist for your growing family, contact us today! We are currently open and accepting new patients.