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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Many pregnant women are not getting timely dental care because dentists are often reluctant to treat pregnant patients. Dental treatment during pregnancy is generally beneficial. But knowledge by dentists of appropriate care is behind the current research The ADA has published a report related to preganancy. Here is a section form that paper

“You should continue to see your dentist during pregnancy for oral examinations and professional teeth cleaning. Tell your dentist that you are pregnant and about any changes you have noticed in your oral health.

Also, be sure to let your dentist know about any medications or supplements you are taking. Your dentist may need to use or prescribe medication as part of your treatment. Some medications are considered safe for limited use during
pregnancy and some should not be used at all. For example, if you develop an infection, your dentist might prescribe penicillin or amoxicillin.
However, pregnant women should not be treated with tetracycline because it can stain the fetus’ developing teeth. Once they erupt, the teeth may look gray or brown permanently as a result of these stains. Your dentist or physician can talk with you about medications that are safe to use during pregnancy.
Although radiography (x-rays) often can be delayed until after your baby is born, your dentist may need to obtain a radiograph as part of your dental treatment. To minimize your exposure and that of the fetus to x-rays, your dentist will cover your abdomen with a protective apron and place a thyroid collar over your throat.
Talk with your dentist or physician about any concerns you may have about your treatment.
Good daily care is key to your oral health. To help prevent caries (tooth decay) and gum disease, brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque. Be sure to clean between your teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner. Ask your dentist or hygienist to show you how to brush and
floss correctly. When choosing oral care products, look for those that
display the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, your assurance that they have met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.

Frequent snacking may increase your risk of developing tooth decay, which is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms constantly on teeth. The bacteria convert sugar and starch that remain in the mouth after eating to
acid that attacks tooth enamel. The longer the sugars remain in your mouth, the longer the acids attack. After repeated attacks, tooth decay can result.

Your oral health is an important part of your overall health, and untreated dental disease can be harmful to you and your baby. Be sure to include your oral health in your daily self-care routine and keep your dentist informed of any changes in your oral health during pregnancy.”


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