If you’re pregnant, congratulations! If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, congratulations in advance! This period of your life can be the exciting beginning of a new chapter. As always, and even particularly, it’s critical to maintain your dental health when you’re having a child because your habits are impacting the overall health of both you and your child. Here’s some data that Dr. Jason Pujo and the staff at Merrimack Valley Dentistry have accumulated to support you in easing your concerns about dental health during pregnancy.
Periodontal disease and Tooth breakdown
While it’s true that pregnant women are at an enlarged risk of periodontal disease and tooth breakdown, you don’t have to worry if you’re diligent about practicing the same suggestions your dentist always makes. Yes, you will be eating additional food and therefore developing more plaque, but avoiding excessively sugary foods and brushing two times a day will assist you to retain your mouth’s clean and healthy atmosphere. Yes, you might have extra exposure to corrosive bacteria during morning sickness, but you can flush out your oral cavity and brush your pearly whites afterward to shield your tooth enamel.
Don’t worry: pregnancy tumors are not actual tumors and not cancer. They are gum tissue growths caused by surplus plaque swelling gums in the second trimester. They have a bumpy, red appearance and they regularly dissipate after the child is born.
As it turns out, X-rays are entirely safe for pregnant women and their children. Just as always, we’ll give you shields to wear during X-rays that will guard you and whatever’s in your abdomen, whether that’s a progressing baby or the crushed remains of a meatball sub. Don’t worry about oral X-rays and radiation during pregnancy — you’ll be entirely safe!
Please call our office in Dracut, Massachusetts, at 978-957-1898 instantly if you’re pregnant so that we can begin preparing a special treatment plan for you and the new baby. Dr. Jason Pujo and the team at Merrimack Valley Dentistry will be thrilled to assist you and the baby to stay healthy during this imperative time in your lives.