New Look Dental May Newsletter
The Month of May is all about Moms at New Look Dental!
There’s an old wive’s tale that says you lose a tooth for every child that you have, and while that theory was disproved years ago, dental care is still immensely important for a mother during pregnancy.
Many women experience dental problems during pregnancy, the most common being pregnancy gingivitis. Because the body undergoes a surge of hormones during pregnancy, your gums can become more sensitive to bacteria in plaque, causing bleeding and inflammation. Brushing and flossing twice a day will help prevent these symptoms. Constant snacking can aggravate these symptoms so it’s important to brush and floss more accordingly if you’re a frequent snacker during pregnancy. Proper dental care is extremely important during pregnancy as periodontal disease (gingivitis) has been linked to premature births or babies with low birth weight.
Some women may develop a red, raw, painless bump on their gums, also known as a "pregnancy tumor". While these tumors are not cancerous, they should be taken seriously as they are an indication of excess plaque. If these tumors haven’t gone away on their own, they may be removed surgically after the pregnancy.
It’s crucial to receive dental care during your pregnancy, however, most doctors would recommend to avoid receiving any treatment during your first and third trimesters. Any elective procedures should be reserved for after your baby is born. Be sure to let your dentist know about your pregnancy if you’re not showing, as some medications and procedures could be harmful to your child.