You know that there are a number of things that might change when you’re pregnant. For example, you probably know that your hormones will change. You also realize that there are a number of things you’ll need to do to keep your child healthy and strong. However, did you know that your baby’s health could be affected by your oral health?
During pregnancy, your body releases many hormones for the health of your unborn child. However, due to these hormones, you’ll be more likely to get gingivitis. In fact, your body will act more aggressively to the plaque that is in your mouth. This can cause inflammation and the symptoms of gum disease. Furthermore, with morning sickness, you may have more acid in your stomach, and if you vomit, your enamel may wear down.
Similarly, if you have gingivitis, or are dealing with tooth decay, you’ll be more likely to give premature birth. Similarly, if you’re dealing with these issues, you’re also more likely to give birth to smaller children.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and strong—and to avoid these issues. Naturally, you should remember to brush and floss regularly. We also recommend visiting our dentist for a routine checkup. From there, our team will be able to offer you tailored advice.
If you would like to learn more about the care you can receive from our team while you’re pregnant, please feel free to contact Derek C. Barnes, DMD at 704-849-6700. Dr. Derek C. Barnes and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.