If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many Lafayette women experience an increase in dental problems during pregnancy. This article contains important information for expectant Lafayette mothers and those planning to become pregnant.
Dr. Gordon West recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning performed by one of the skilled dental hygienists at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes. The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.
If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment today by calling 303-665-5335. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.
If you receive dental treatment at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry during your pregnancy, be sure to inform dentist Dr. Gordon West that you are expecting. This will affect decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and sedation dentistry.
Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to decay. If you are eating many small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.
Remember, your oral care, nutrition and lifestyle affect your baby. It is essential that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Boulder Ob/Gyn can give you specific recommendations for your age, height, weight and medical conditions.
At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we take special care of our clients who are expecting. Ask about the many cosmetic dentistry services we provide.