Learn More About Oral Health Through Each Stage of Pregnancy
One of the most exciting times in life is during pregnancy and having a newborn. Many patients are surprised to learn that pregnancy not only changes the state and appearance of the body but can also have some lasting effects on dental health. We wanted to share how your dental health can be affected during pregnancy and some helpful tips to keep your teeth in great shape. Even if you aren’t expecting it, you can forward this information to a loved one who might be experiencing this exciting time.
Dental Care Before Pregnancy
While some pregnancies are unexpected, many are planned in advance. If possible, it is important for women to visit our office before becoming pregnant. We would like to thoroughly examine your teeth and look for any problem areas in your mouth. Pregnancy can cause significant changes to your oral health, so we like to have a baseline to refer to if necessary. We will also suggest receiving any recommended treatments, as certain treatments are not suggested during pregnancy.
Dental Care During Pregnancy
If you are due for your oral hygiene examination and cleaning during your pregnancy, we encourage you to keep your appointment. As mentioned above, it is important for us to check your teeth and gums during your pregnancy. We also encourage all of our pregnant patients to brush and clean their teeth as usual. We know this can be challenging if you are experiencing nausea, but cleaning your teeth is extremely important, especially if you are vomiting frequently.
Dental Care After Pregnancy
Life with a newborn can be challenging. Even if you have a calm and perfect baby, you need time to adjust to this change in your life. Be sure to continue to make your oral health a priority during this time. If you experienced any oral health issues during your pregnancy, treatment can now be scheduled.
If you are pregnant or thinking of adding to your family in the near future, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment for a hygiene examination. We look forward to seeing you in our office located in New Braunfels, TX soon.