Congratulations! We are excited for the arrival of your new baby and future member of our Proud Smiles dental care family! Pregnancy is an exciting time. You may be eating well, and getting some exercise for the health of you and your baby, and that is great. But did you know your oral health is just important to tend to while pregnant? Atlanta dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen wants to make sure you are taking care of your smile for the benefit of you, and your baby.
The mouth-body systemic connection is important to understand when discussing the importance of the future oral health for you baby. The theory is that the health your mouth is directly linked to the health of your body. Your mouth is the main portal into your body and what enters it will affect you and your baby.
Poor oral health in mothers is connected to pregnancy and birth complications. Women with poor oral health before and during pregnancy may experience preterm labor. Babies born to women with poor oral health often have a low birth weight and an increased risk of developing oral health problems as their teeth develop.
It is not uncommon for women who are pregnant to develop gingivitis. The increase in hormones can active and agitate the bacteria already in your mouth- the bacteria causes gingivitis, not the hormones. Gingivitis, untreated, becomes gum disease. Gum disease is a serious dental and health concern linked to many systemic health problems.
Oral Care During Pregnancy
As always, brush and floss twice a day. If you believe you are pregnant, or intend on becoming pregnant, schedule a visit to our Proud Smiles Atlanta dentist office. Dr. Paulen can help you maintain your best oral health during pregnancy through a personalized dental care plan. Dental cleanings and a thorough dental exam can help you and your baby stay healthy. If you are pregnant always inform our dental care team so we may offer you appropriate dental care.
Our experienced and compassionate dental care team is always focused on your well being and providing you with a healthy and beautiful smile. During pregnancy we are extra sensitive to your personal needs and will help to ensure you enjoy your best oral health. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Paulen in our Atlanta dentist office.