What You Need to Know About Pregnancy and the Dentist
Expecting a child is an exciting and nerve-wracking time for parents, especially first-time parents. The list of foods to avoid, medications to stop, and vitamins to start can feel overwhelming. Every parent wants a healthy, happy pregnancy and baby. However, with the overwhelming amount of information and daily physical changes, moms and dads sometimes forget about maintaining good oral health. Dove Family Dentistry in Puyallup has some answers to questions expecting parents might have about oral health while pregnant.
Question: If I have ‘soft teeth’ or get cavities easily, will my child too?
Answer: While ‘soft teeth’ is not a medical term, there is a genetic component to cavities. Researchers are still learning, but one of the greatest risk factors for children getting tooth decay is if their parents have cavities. If you suffer from tooth decay, be sure your child has their first dental appointment 6 weeks after their first tooth erupts.
Question: Can I have dental work done while pregnant?
Answer: If it is a dental emergency and you have an infection, get the dental work done immediately. Most other dental procedures are safe during pregnancy. However, the Mayo Clinic recommend elective procedures are done during your second trimester (weeks 14-20), as there are fewer risks of side effects. No matter what, contact your prenatal care provider to discuss any treatment you are considering.
Question: Are pacifiers, thumb sucking or bottle nipples bad for my baby’s growing mouth?
Answer: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states most children stop using pacifiers, bottles or sucking their thumb on their own. However, if the behavior continues past the age of 3 your dentist might suggest intervention.
Question: Can I skip my dental appointments during my pregnancy?
Answer: You should not skip your dental appointments. In fact, seeing the dentist during pregnancy is very important. Because of the change in hormones, you are at higher risk for periodontal disease. Make sure you alert your dentist to any medication changes or dietary changes during your pregnancy.
Question: Does what I eat during pregnancy effect my baby’s teeth?
Answer: Yes! Your baby’s teeth develop around the 3rd month of pregnancy. Eat a healthy diet with enough calcium and other nutrients to ensure teeth develop well.
Question: Is there anything I can do to make sure my mouth and my baby’s mouth is healthy during pregnancy?
Answer: There are several things you can do to stay healthy during pregnancy.
- See your dentist regularly
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Avoid sugary snacks
- Maintain a good oral hygiene routine
- Add Xylitol gum or lozenges into your daily routine
Pregnancy is an exciting time. It is also a great time to think about taking great care of yourself. Don’t forget to keep your mouth and gums healthy while pregnant. If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, Dove Family Dentistry would love to see you and make sure you feel good about your oral health while pregnant.
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