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Dental Services / Oral Health
- Gum Disease and Pregnancy

Regular dental visits are important before, during and after pregnancy. Be sure to inform your Dentist and/or Dental Hygienist that you are pregnant. If you take any medications or your health status has changed please report to your health care provider.



Why is Oral Health Important to You and Your Baby?

  • Healthy teeth and gums contribute to overall health.

  • Recent research suggests that bacteria from diseased gums may travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. This can contribute to a number of serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and pneumonia.

  • Evidence has shown that gum disease in pregnant women may contribute Low Birth Weight Pre-Term Infants.




Pregnancy Gingivitis

  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to an increased reaction of the gum tissue to bacteria and dental plaque (Dental Plaque is the film of bacteria that grows on everyone’s teeth). This can lead to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.

  • Pregnancy gingivitis can cause gum tissues to become more tender and swollen and may cause the gum tissues to bleed more than usual.

  • Prevention with good oral home care and professional oral care is very important during pregnancy.




Morning Sickness

Morning sickness may contribute to tooth decay. Stomach acid may damage the tooth enamel and make it more prone to decay. If you vomit, rinse your mouth with water as soon as you can, but wait a half hour before brushing to ensure the acid is gone.




Oral Hygiene of Parents can affect Oral Health of Infants.

  • Dental decay is caused by an infectious bacteria that infants are not born with.

  • Adults may transfer these decay-causing bacteria to infants.

  • • Adults who maintain good oral hygiene minimize the amount of bacteria in their own mouths, which decreases the chance of transferring decay-causing bacteria to an infant.

  • Good oral hygiene in parents may help to prevent tooth decay in infants and children.




Avoid Transferring Harmful Bacteria to Baby by:

  • not sharing utensils with infant

  • not cleaning or holding soothers in adult’s mouth

  • maintain good oral hygiene


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