Better Oral Care for Pregnant Women
During pregnancy, the many hormonal changes can take a toll on your smile. Your gums can become swollen and inflamed, as well as more sensitive to oral bacteria. Morning sickness and dry mouth can increase your risk of tooth decay. Good dental care during pregnancy can reduce the risk of dental problems, which have been linked to certain complications, but a recent survey reveals that some women may not be getting the dental care they need during this time.
According to data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 1999 to 2004, young women, Mexican-American women, non-Hispanic black women, and women with lower family incomes received inadequate dental care. Research has shown that pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to experience adverse outcomes, including preterm birth and low birth weights.
In the survey, women were asked about the date of their last dental visit, the reason for their last dental visit, and the current condition of their teeth. Just over eighty-five percent of women over thirty-five felt their teeth were in good condition, while just over half of women under twenty-four said the same. White women, well-educated women, and women with higher family incomes were also more likely to have good dental health.
Good brushing and flossing habits alone are not enough for good dental health. During pregnancy, you may need to visit our dentist more often than before. At these checkups, we make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and free of any issues that could affect your or your child’s health. We can provide you with information and personalized recommendations to help you protect your smile throughout this time. Call us today to schedule your checkup.
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