Have You Just Found Out You Are Pregnant?

3 reasons to book a periodontal check-up today!

Have you just found out you or your partner are pregnant? Congratulations!

This is an exciting time in your life, through which you or your partner are going to be seeing a lot of different medical professionals, to make sure both you and your baby are happy and healthy.

While visiting a dentist is probably the last thing on your mind, it is of the utmost importance that you tell you dental surgery that you are pregnant as soon as possible. There are many reasons this is important, but your dentist will probably refer you for some preventive dental treatments with a hygienist in Richmond.

Why will you need to visit a dental hygienist in Richmond while pregnant? Here are 3 reasons many pregnant women need a bit more specialised dental care.

Pregnancy gingivitis and gum disease

Pregnancy gingivitis and gum disease

When you are pregnant, your levels of oestrogen and progesterone fluctuate on a regular basis. This can cause your teeth and gums to become more sensitive to things like certain bacteria found in plaque and can cause a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis.’ This condition can cause your gums to swell, bleed and is overall a very unpleasant condition to deal with during pregnancy.

When you attend your dental check-up, your teeth will be gently cleaned using a specialist brush and drill and then, if the dental professional deems it necessary, your teeth may be sealed using a fluoride sealant. This will protect your teeth from any further plaque build-up and prevent stains.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay

Even if you have had perfect teeth all of your life, when pregnant, your chances of developing tooth decay increase.

This can be due to either a drop in calcium, which can occur during pregnancy or an increase in acid being present in the mouth. Also, as many pregnant women crave sweet and sour foods, this may also increase the likelihood of tooth decay forming.

Regular visits to both your regular and periodontal dentist can prevent tooth decay from forming; regular cleaning sessions are advised as well as gentle, specialist mouthwashes and toothpastes, to help strengthen your teeth.

Acid damage

During those first few months of pregnancy, morning sickness causes a lot of acid to enter your mouth and can cause havoc with the enamel of your teeth.

Exposure to excess acid can cause erosion of your teeth, which in turn can make your teeth more sensitive to temperatures and can even lead to a higher risk of decay, due to enamel loss.

Your dental team can provide you with a fluoride-based mouthwash, toothpastes, as well as fluoride sealants if you are suffering from excess morning sickness, which will protect your teeth against acid erosion or minimise the impact of pre-existing damage.

You and your baby’s health are your top priority during pregnancy and good dental health is a great way to ensure both you and your baby are in top shape.

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