Women who are pregnant understand that carrying a precious baby can not only consume your time, but your attention. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls we practice pediatric dentistry, and remind you not to forget your needs and your stamina during these vital months.
It’s vital to understand that all of the changes your body experiences during pregnancy also affect the mouth. Changes in your hormonal balance are required for growing a new life, but they can also compromise your oral health during pregnancy. Your gums are especially susceptible. In fact, the American Dental Association has conducted studies that show a slightly increased risk of low birth weight and pre-term infants in mothers with periodontal disease.
If you are already pregnant but haven’t seen us in a while, we encourage you to have an exam. We can check your teeth and gums and advise you if any changes to your dental hygiene routine are needed. If there are issues such as gingivitis, we’ll want to monitor them throughout your pregnancy.
Any treatment – meaning anything beyond an exam and cleaning – can, we hope, wait until after your child arrives. If you have a dental emergency that needs to be addressed before delivery, the best time is during the second trimester. Modern x-ray methods are extremely safe but should be avoided if possible throughout your pregnancy.
When you arrive for your exam, be sure to tell us that you are pregnant. If your doctor has given you special instructions concerning your condition, let us know. In addition, give us a list of all the medications and vitamins you are taking. Throughout your pregnancy, be sure to see us immediately if you experience any changes to your teeth or gums.
Remember, your diet significantly impacts your baby’s health and development, as well as the condition of your teeth. A diet low in vital nutrients can impede your baby’s tooth and bone development.
At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we provide quality dental care and pamper our patients who are expecting. Once your baby arrives, remember we practice pediatric dentistry and should see your bundle of joy by the first birthday or first tooth, whichever comes first. We also general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.