Healthy Mouth, Healthy Baby!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Congratulations, you're expecting! Now all you have to do is find an obstetrician, paint the nursery and organize your birthing plan. But wait, there's one more thing you may not have thought of. There are some very good reasons to put a trip to your dentist on your pregnancy check-list. A dental visit is more than just safe during pregnancy, it is important.

"Not only are expectant mothers at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease, but that same gum disease can have adverse effects on the pregnancy itself," says Jeff Henneberg, DDS. "That's the last thing we want to happen and it can be simple to prevent!"

The hormones produced during pregnancy can change the environment in the mouth, making an expectant mother more prone to gingivitis, or in extreme cases, periodontitis. Gum disease can, in turn, be transferred to baby, increasing the risk of low birth weight or even premature birth.

During your visit, your dentist or hygienist will perform a thorough evaluation of your overall gum and oral health. Based on this evaluation, you and your dentist will formulate a care plan. Make sure to speak up if you have been experiencing morning sickness or have been craving sweets, as these can lead to tooth decay.

4 in 10 women will develop gingivitis at some point during their pregnancy. In fact, some studies show that the number could be as high as 75%. With the right oral hygiene habits at home and routine evaluations by your dentist, the vast majority of gum disease cases are preventable. We want to work with you to make sure this is the best experience possible for you.

If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (509) 381-7906. You can also book an appointment online 24/7. Just hit the "book appointment" button at the top of this screen!