Having a baby is a thrilling time filled with lots of anticipation. To be clear, it can also be full of unknowns, making the expectant mom anxious and wary. There are surely lots of traditional do’s and don’ts while pregnant, but one important do is to maintain your dental health.
Let’s talk about why dental health is so important during pregnancy and why you should never wait to have a dental issue addressed. And yes, although it is safe to have a root canal while pregnant, there are some precautions and guidelines.
Preventive dental care is critical during pregnancy to avoid infections and gum disease. Changes in hormone levels can lead to dental issues. These hormonal changes affect the gums making them swell and causing them to become inflamed and irritated. Bleeding may occur during brushing.
For that reason expectant moms should keep their scheduled dental appointments for cleaning.
Gingivitis is a mild inflammation of the gums, which occurs due to hormonal changes. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease that can result in tooth loss. Best practice is to have more frequent dental cleanings during pregnancy.
Many women find themselves eating more snacks during pregnancy, especially carbohydrates. Brush and floss immediately after eating, to avoid to a cavity.
In addition, morning sickness builds up acid in the mouth. Always rinse with water and brush immediately to avoid the development of cavities.
Pregnancy should be a time to celebrate the new life coming soon. Avoid any unnecessary dental issues by maintaining your oral care and visiting the dentist when needed.
If you have questions about dental care during pregnancy,
call Oakville Dental Office at 905.842.6030