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Expecting Women and Dental Care

expecting women and dental careIn the past, pregnant women often shied away from dental care. Worried about the potential risks to their pregnancy, they may have even shunned routine professional cleaning. However, research has since shown that a lack of dental care can actually put your pregnancy at risk. Gum disease can increase your risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, and preterm birth. Untreated tooth decay can lead to abscess, infection, and tooth loss. Our Phoenix dentist provides skilled dental care to pregnant women to help them keep their dental and overall health on track.

You may be more prone to dental problems during pregnancy. High levels of hormones coursing through your system can leave your gums sensitive and easily irritated, which can lead to pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis affects about half of all pregnant women, but you can reduce your risk with good dental hygiene and regular professional cleanings.

Morning sickness can also threaten your dental health. As stomach acids wash over your teeth, they can weaken the enamel on your teeth. Wanting to brush your teeth immediately after vomiting is a natural urge, but it can cause even more damage. Instead, rinse your mouth with water, and wait about half an hour before brushing your teeth.

Regular checkups can catch early signs of problems. We may recommend a more frequent exam or cleaning schedule in order to reduce the risk of pregnancy-related dental problems. Let us know that you are pregnant so that we can take all necessary precautions to protect you and your developing fetus. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Phoenix dentist.

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