Keeping your dental health in check can help you get pregnant faster and keep that baby cooking longer.
Going to the dentist is probably not at the top of your favorite's list, but if you are pregnant, don't think for a minute you can neglect those pearly whites that line your mouth and serve you so well each time you eat or smile.
A whopping 30% of pregnant women get periodontal disease. It is a curable problem. Treatment may not only help save your teeth, but may improve the health and well-being of your baby as well.
Swollen gums which may be sore and more susceptible to bleeding are common during pregnancy. This inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by the hormonal change of estrogen and progesterone which increases the blood flow to the gum tissue and causes your gums to be more sensitive and vulnerable to irritation and swelling.
Routine dental cleanings can help you have healthier gums during your pregnancy and help reduce irritation created by swelling. What about other regular dental work during pregnancy?
On at least three separate occasions, I can remember having the privilege of breaking the news of a young woman's pregnancy from my side of the dentist's chair. I use the word "privilege" with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek, however.