Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you didn’t know already, having a child is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. When you bring a tiny human into this world, your world changes forever. You’re now a parent, and it’s a heavy load of responsibility that you have to carry for the rest of their lives. In order to keep your baby healthy, it’s essential that you come in for a regular dental checkup as you would normally. This gives our dental team a chance to thoroughly inspect your mouth for any problems and clean up anything we see that could be problematic down the road.
We’re calling on all moms-to-be to come in for a dental appointment. Our Silver Lake, KS office wants you to know that even though you’re pregnant, you still need to come in for a regular appointment. There are many changes that occur in your body when you’re carrying a child and some can become detrimental for your oral health. It’s imperative that you’re in great oral and overall health before giving birth. Silver Lake dentist, Dr. Michel, provides excellent dental services for each of our patients and he can treat you, too. Our dental team will provide the gentlest of care.
How Pregnancy Affects Dental Health
It’s no secret that carrying a child affects your whole body, not just your mouth. It makes sense – another human is developing inside of you and it can temporarily change the way some systems work with each other. Hormonal changes are rampant as expected and can leave your mouth in tatters if proper treatment isn’t applied.
Below is a list of the most common dental effects associated with pregnancy:
- Pregnancy gingivitis
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Pregnancy granuloma (red growth that appears on the upper line of gums)
- Dry mouth
- Disintegration of tooth enamel
As you can see, pregnancy can leave your mouth in tatters. The best way to keep your oral health in great shape is by visiting us. We can help with any problems you’re experiencing and apply gentle treatment.
Take Care Of Yourself First
There’s a lot you can do in the comfort of your own home to keep your mouth healthy. It’s important that you pay extra-special attention to your teeth simply because of all of the hormonal and additional changes that are occurring. It isn’t just brushing and flossing that will help you keep your mouth healthy – there are many ways you can help keep your oral health in great shape.
- Eat and maintain a healthy diet. Foods that are loaded with protein, calcium and vitamins help support a baby’s health.
- Brush and floss regularly. Make sure you’re brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. You want to do this in order to avoid pregnancy gingivitis.
- Rinse with mouthwash. Any antimicrobial mouthwash can keep gingivitis-forming bacteria at bay.
- See us for additional treatment. A general checkup and cleaning helps us keep track of what’s going on in your mouth.
Schedule Your Visit Today
We’d love to see you in for an appointment before bringing your bundle of joy into the world. Our dental team excels at providing gentle treatment for all our patients, and you will be no different. We’re ready to help keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. Dr. Michel is the Silver Lake family dentist you can trust.