Dental Care During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, be sure you continue to see your dentist for oral examinations and professional teeth cleanings. Make sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant and about any changes you have noticed in your oral health.

Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can actually make some dental problems worse. For example, you could experience a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease.

In some women, overgrowths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” appear on the gums, most often during the second trimester. These non-cancerous growths or swellings are usually found between the teeth and are believed to be related to excess plaque.

Good daily care is vital. That means always brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day, eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.

pregnantdental1Because your baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy, follow a nutritious diet that includes sufficient quantities of vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous in addition to other vitamins recommended during pregnancy, such as folic acid.

Drink water or milk instead of juice, fruit-flavored drinks or soft drinks. Drink water throughout the day—preferably fluoridated—especially between meals and snacks.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at:

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