Pregnant? Let Us Look after Your Dental Health
If you are pregnant then we’d like to offer you our congratulations as a new baby is always a cause for celebration. At this time you are probably trying to take more care of your general health, but have you considered your dental health? In fact your dental health is extremely important, particularly when you are pregnant or trying for a baby as the hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect your oral health. Ideally our dentist in Basildon would like to see you before you become pregnant just so we can give you a complete check-up to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and that you do not require any treatment. However if this isn’t possible, then please come and see us as soon as you know your happy news.
Routine Dental Care Is Vital during Pregnancy
You can receive routine dental care at any time during your pregnancy and it is important to keep up with your regular dental check-ups and cleanings. It is possible to have dental x-rays during pregnancy, particularly as the very latest digital dental x-rays only emit tiny amounts of radiation. However it’s extremely unlikely that we will want to take any dental x-rays unless absolutely necessary as most adults in reasonable dental health only require dental x-rays every couple of years or so and we would only need to take an x-ray if you have a problem that requires prompt treatment and which cannot wait until your baby is born.
One thing we will be keeping a close eye on is your gum health as hormonal changes increase the sensitivity of your gums towards the bacteria that cause gum disease. This puts you at increased risk of developing a condition called pregnancy gingivitis which is a form of gum disease. With pregnancy gingivitis, you might notice your gums become tender and swollen and they may bleed more frequently, particularly when you brush or floss. If you are more at risk of developing pregnancy gingivitis or already have some signs of gum disease, then we might suggest you come to see us more frequently so our hygienist can thoroughly clean your teeth. By regularly removing the plaque and tartar that contains the bacteria irritating your gums, we can reduce your risk of gum disease and keeping a close eye on your dental health will enable us to pick up any small changes so we can treat them more quickly. It is important to make sure that your gums are as healthy as possible during pregnancy as advanced gum disease or periodontitis can increase the risk of a premature birth or a low birthweight baby.
During your pregnancy we are here to help you maintain the very best levels of dental health and you will find our friendly dental team and dentist in Basildon are always here to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your oral health. Once your baby is born, we hope to welcome you both back at Felmores Dental Care for regular treatment as we love seeing kids. To book your appointment, phone us on 01268 726789 and you will also find lots of information about our dental practice on our website at www.felmoresdentalcare.co.uk.