Dental Care Before, During, and After Pregnancy
Are you or a loved one pregnant, planning a family soon, or a new mom? This is such an exciting time for a family, whether it is the first time you are experiencing this life event or you have been through it before. It can become easy to get wrapped up in all of the details and checklists that need to happen over nine months and beyond. One important detail that is often overlooked before, during, and after pregnancy is oral care, when it should really be at the top of the list. Of course, the mother’s prenatal care and baby’s pediatric care is extremely important, but many patients don’t realize the effects that a lack of dental care can cause.
Pregnancy hormones do more than cause a mother to become emotional, have food aversions, and deal with morning sickness. Hormones can also cause a change in the state of your oral health and leave you more susceptible to decay and gum disease. Below are recommendations for dealing with your oral health during all stages of pregnancy.
Dental Care Before Pregnancy
If you are planning to become pregnant in the near future, we recommend scheduling an appointment for a hygiene examination and cleaning. Before becoming pregnant, we can thoroughly clean your teeth and inspect for any signs of decay and gum disease. If any issues are present, we can remedy them as soon as possible, as certain treatments are not best to complete during pregnancy.
Dental Care During Pregnancy
There is no need to skip your dental appointments during your pregnancy. We are able to complete your examination and would prefer to see you to rule out any developing issues. We also encourage our pregnant patients to maintain their oral cleaning routine at home even if they are tired or don’t feel well. Skipping brushing and flossing can lead to cavities and gum disease. If you experience any changes in your oral health, be sure to call our office as soon as possible.
Dental Care After Pregnancy
We know that after the baby is born and your routine changes it can be difficult for Mom to make time for herself. Please do not postpone your dental examinations. Just as in before pregnancy, we want to be sure that no problems have developed, and we can schedule any treatments that were postponed during pregnancy.
If you experience any dental emergencies or conditions that are concerning to you during your pregnancy, please don’t hesitate to call our office located in Spring Hill, FL. We look forward to helping you and your family during this special time and we hope to see you soon!