Pregnancy and Dental Care

Regular checkups along with good dental health habits are very important during pregnancy. Even though many women have no issues, pregnancy can alter some conditions and worsen others. Sometimes completely new problems may develop. Because of this, paying close attention to your oral health during these nine months is essential.

Many Reasons to Monitor Oral Health During Pregnancy

A woman’s mouth can be affected by hormonal changes during pregnancy. Some patients develop a condition referred to as “pregnancy gingivitis”.  It is a situation where the gums become inflamed leading to possible swelling or tenderness. The gums may also bleed some when brushing or flossing. If this is not treated it may lead to a more serious type of gum disease. Frequent cleaning may help to avoid this condition.

Pregnant women are also more susceptible to developing cavities. This is because many women who are expecting eat more carbohydrates than usual. These types of foods are directly related to tooth decay. Another reason cavities are more prevalent during this time is due to increased amounts of acid in the mouth. This is related to morning sickness, which many women experience.

It’s especially important to keep up your brushing and flossing routine during pregnancy. Morning sickness and fatigue can lead to poor mouth cleaning habits. An unclean mouth has been linked to a possible premature delivery or gestational diabetes.

Patients should let their dentist know all the medications they are taking, including those sold over the counter. This way your dentist and physician can decide on medications appropriate for any dental work needed. Both your doctor and dental team want the best for you and your baby. Give them as much information as possible to help them make good decisions on medications and treatment.

If you need an extraction, root canal or filling during your pregnancy, you can relax. Almost all dentists agree the numbing medications used during the procedure is perfectly safe. In fact, these medications are safe for both the mother and baby.

For any questions about dental care during pregnancy or other concerns, please contact the office of Dr. Scott Malik in Glenview. You can call at 847-724-1771 or visit his website at Dr. Malik and his professional staff have been serving the area and keeping mouths healthy for many years.