Gum DISEASE and your unborn BABY
Hi it’s me Christina, your receptionist here at Cheyenne Mountain Dental Center. Everyone that knows me knows that I was pregnant the last three years in a row! So take it from me when I say it’s always important for you to take great care of your teeth and gums while you are pregnant.
Tell any member of our staff if you are pregnant. As a precautionary measure, dental treatments during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester should be avoided as much as possible. These are critical times in the baby’s growth and development and it’s simply wise to avoid exposing you to procedures that could in any way influence the baby’s growth and development. However, routine dental care can be received during the second trimester. All elective dental procedures should be postponed until after the delivery.
Tell Dr.Parkin the names and dosages of all medications you are taking – including medications and prenatal vitamins prescribed by your doctor – as well as any specific medical advice your doctor has given you. Dr.Parkin may need to alter your dental treatment plan based on this information. Certain drugs — for example, such as tetracycline — can affect the development of your child’s teeth and should not be given during the pregnancy.
If X-rays are essential (such as in a dental emergency), our staff will use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby. Advances in technology have made X-rays much safer today than in past decades.
Don’t skip your dental checkup appointment simply because you are pregnant. Now more than any other time, regular periodontal (gum) examinations are very important because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily, a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Pay good attention to any changes in your gums during pregnancy. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with Dr.Parkin or Susan as soon as possible.
*Follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce oral health problems.
There is evidence of an association between periodontal disease and increased risk of preterm birth and low birth weight, and increased risk of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, early pregnancy loss, and intrauterine growth restriction!
If morning sickness is keeping you from brushing your teeth, change to a bland-tasting toothpaste during your pregnancy. Ask Dr.Parkin or Susan to recommend brands. Rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have bouts of frequent vomiting.
Avoid sugary snacks. Sweet cravings are common during pregnancy. However, keep in mind that the more frequently you snack, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay. Additionally, some studies have shown that the bacteria responsible for tooth decay are passed from you to the child. So be careful of what you eat.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Your baby’s first teeth begin to develop about three months into your pregnancy. Healthy diets containing dairy products, cheese and yogurt are a good source of these essential minerals and are good for your baby’s developing teeth, gums, and bones.
Now that you’re bundle of joy has come, if you experienced any gum problems (including pregnancy gingivitis or a pregnancy tumor) during your pregnancy, see Dr.Parkin soon after delivery to have your entire mouth examined and your periodontal health evaluated call me at (719) 576-1730.