To say pregnancy is a time of change is an understatement.
While the imminent pitter patter of little feet brings sheer joy, the passing weeks and a growing belly make it almost impossible for the mama-to-be to ignore her own health. Why am I throwing up AGAIN? Where is the nearest restroom? And my personal favorite….I thought the second trimester was supposed to be better; why did they LIE?
Between the baby shower and the nursery, it’s easy to leave your oral care on the way side. I mean, how can you even think about going to the dentist when you just discovered that your mother-in-law is planning to stay with you for a month after the arrival of her first granddaughter?
Take a deep breath, ladies! While I may not have all the answers (especially about your mom-in-law), I can tell you why keeping up with your dental check-ups is a must:
Hormones are a-changing!
While the hormone tsunami is necessary for the baby’s development, it can increase your risk of gum disease (“pregnancy gingivitis”) and in turn affect your baby’s health. Pregnancy is no excuse to skip your dental cleaning and check up; in fact, it is recommended.
Morning sickness, anyone?
You may have had the (ahem) pleasure of bouts of vomiting during the first twelve weeks (or 30, like me). If this keeps you from brushing, let us know. You may find that switching toothpaste or brushing later in the day helps, as does rinsing with water or mouthwash after the “exodus”.
Keep those cavities in check
While elective procedures are better left for later, a check up can reveal any issues before they get too hot to handle. Ideal treatment time is the second trimester. What you DON’T want to do is ignore a small cavity early on and it turn into a dental emergency.
Let’s hear it ONE more time
Last, but not least, your dental visit can shine up those pearly whites, keep that plaque under control, and encourage you to keep up with your home care. As additional ammo, we can also provide a high fluoride toothpaste to combat the potentially higher cavity risk. This is particularly useful if you have a weekly rendezvous with your friends Ben & Jerry.
Now that you have the highlights, feel free to call us at (214) 522-3110 if you have more questions. Or ask us in the comments below. Happy mothering