There are numerous things to keep in mind during pregnancy. It is all too common that, during this hectic time, oral hygiene can be ignored. However, it is vital for the health of both you and your baby that you take proper care of your mouth while pregnant. Additionally, hormonal changes and more frequent snacking can lead to complications at a time when your overall health is of utmost importance. As a result it is necessary to contact your dentist to make an appointment as soon as you know you are pregnant. Dr. Sandler, a dentist in San Diego, can help set up a plan to keep your mouth fresh and clean through delivery.
Gingivitis is a common malady among pregnant women, and your local dentist in the Encinitas area can help care for your swollen gums. You may also want to increase cleanings in order to provide preventative care. Caring for your gums and dealing with gingivitis promptly will keep your gums healthy, and strengthen the tissue that holds your teeth in place.
During pregnancy there are several medicines that are safe, but also certain medicines which can cause problems. Tetracycline, for example, can lead to permanent stains on the baby’s teeth later in life. Consulting a knowledgeable dentist in San Diego will let you know which medicines you should avoid for the future oral health of your baby. Of course, you should also speak with your obstetrician or regular doctor regarding the safety of other prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Occasionally pregnant women will notice the development of lumps between teeth, and along the gum line. While these are harmless and usually disappear after pregnancy, they are prone to bleeding and have been given the frightening nickname of “pregnancy tumors.” A visit to the dentist will not only allay any fears about the lumps, but can also lead to the removal of any that are particularly bothersome.
Oral health is tied to your overall health, and at a time when you are looking to be as healthy as possible for your baby you will definitely want to be sure to keep your mouth in tip-top shape. Regular flossing and brushing is great, but Dr. Sandler is a respected dentist serving Del Mar and the greater San Diego area who can also help you care for your mouth during this important time. Call (858) 345-4497 for more advice or to schedule an appointment.