Pregnancy and Dental Care

Your oral health impacts your overall health, which is why pregnant women should make sure to take dental care just as seriously as any other health concern during pregnancy. Here’s what you should know about dental care before, during, and after your pregnancy.

Before Your Pregnancy

If you’re planning on a pregnancy in the future, then the best time to deal with any dental issues is now. Pregnant patients may have limited options for treatment, so when it’s possible, it’s best to resolve any dental concerns before the start of your pregnancy.

During Your Pregnancy

As with any other doctor, you should tell your dentist that you’re pregnant. Routine dental care, like exams and cleanings, can continue as usual during your pregnancy without any issues. 

Failing to keep up with routine appointments during pregnancy could put you at a higher risk of health concerns. Hormonal changes increase the risk of gum disease, but fortunately, routine checkups can identify gum disease early.

It’s also important to keep up your regular oral hygiene routines during pregnancy. The increased risk of gum disease during pregnancy makes brushing and flossing more important than ever.

Lastly, pregnant women should be aware that sometimes large, non-cancerous lumps known as pregnancy tumors can develop on the gums. Despite the name, these are not a form of cancer and are not a significant danger. However, these lumps can become uncomfortable or painful, so speak to your dentist about any strange or new symptoms you experience within your mouth.

After Your Pregnancy

After your pregnancy, you can typically opt to take advantage of any treatments that have been delayed due to the pregnancy. If you develop any gum problems during pregnancy, make sure to follow up with your dentist to ensure that they are properly treated.

The Thorough Dental Care You Need

Keeping up with dental care is important for everyone, but it is particularly important during pregnancy. For dental care that meets your individual needs, call David W. Piper, DMD, at (727) 548-7100 for an appointment.


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