Dr. Maryam Brazdo want you to take every precaution with your teeth especially when you are pregnant. The New York Times reported that, “pregnant women have an increased risk for periodontal disease because the increased levels of progesterone that accompany pregnancy. This can cause an exaggerated response to plaque bacteria. This means that pregnant women are more likely to develop problems such as gingivitis even if you follow a regular oral health care routine.”
The most common form of gingivitis is in response to bacterial biofilms (also called plaque) adherent to tooth surfaces, termed plaque-induced gingivitis. It is most common to occur between months 2 to 8 of pregnancy. Make sure to inform our dentists of your great news because they may recommend more frequent dental cleanings during the second trimester or early in the third trimester to help combat the effects of increased progesterone and help you avoid gingivitis.
In addition, eating a balanced diet during pregnancy will help promote dental health and overall health for you and your baby. A baby’s teeth begin to develop between months 3 to 6 of pregnancy, so be sure that you are getting enough calcium, vitamin D, C and A, phosphorous, and protein.
So call us at Artistic Touch Dentistry to schedule an appointment and learn more about how to care for your teeth during your pregnancy.