Your oral health affects your baby’s health. Recent studies have shown that women suffering from severe gingivitis are more likely to deliver prematurely. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes in your body, which also affect your teeth. Therefore, maintaining a good oral hygiene should be one of your top priorities.
Pregnancy leads to increased levels of oestrogen and progesterone in your body. There is also an increase in blood flow to your gums. All these factors heighten the risk of gum disease and tooth sensitivity.
Pyogenic granulomas also called pregnancy tumour, is a common dental problem associated with pregnancy. The tumours are non-cancerous and gradually disappear after childbirth.
During pregnancy, make sure you go for professional cleanings every six months. Brush and floss at least twice daily, stay hydrated and eat mineral-rich foods like fresh fruits. Calcium supplements will also help strengthen both you and your baby’s dental structure.
You should avoid X-rays during pregnancy. If it’s inevitable, make sure you get a leaded collar and a leaded apron to cover and protect your abdomen.
The second trimester is the best time to visit your dentist. Please, remember to follow all instructions and continue with proper oral care even after giving birth.
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Family Dental Care pride themselves in putting the patient first by providing them with the best care, by the best dentists, using the best materials and equipment offering very reasonable cash rates. Visit their branches in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, and Cape Town.