Craig R. Smith, DDS

Licensed General Dentist
2803 Bogus Basin Rd, Boise, Idaho 83702

Call: 208-343-1393

Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30-4:00

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Today we would like to share with you how pregnancy affects your mouth and how to care for your dental needs before, during, and after pregnancy. 

Research continues to show that overall health and oral health coincide, so it’s especially important for you to maintain good oral hygiene throughout your pregnancy. Visiting your dentist will allow us to assess your oral condition and map out a dental plan for the remainder of your pregnancy.

 

How Pregnancy affects your oral health

Don’t just skip your cleaning because you are pregnant. Now more then ever, regular exams are very important.  

Pregnancy brings a change in oral health and hormones, especially increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are linked to plaque buildup on teeth. Plaque that is not removed can cause gingivitis and swollen gums that are tender and prone to bleed. Most pregnant women experience gingivitis to some degree, but it doesn’t usually surface until the second trimester.

If you had gingivitis before becoming pregnant, your condition will likely be aggravated; untreated gingivitis can lead to a more serious problem — periodontal disease and even bone loss. 

These oral problems have been linked in many research studies to preeclampsia, low birth weight of the baby and premature birth. Expectant women should seek immediate treatment for periodontal disease in order to reduce the risk of pre-natal and post-natal complications.

Before Pregnancy

Try to make a dental appointment before becoming pregnant. This way you can get a cleaning, x-rays, and a through examination of your oral health before your planned pregnancy.

During Pregnancy 

You should continue your cleanings!! Always tell your dental hygienist that you are pregnant and if you are taking any medications or supplements. Tell us if you notice any changes in your oral health.   

The first trimester of your pregnancy (the first 13 weeks) is the time in which most of the baby’s major organs develop, Because of this we recommend routine dental care be deferred until the 2nd trimester. However if you have a dental emergency, don’t wait! Infections in the mouth can be harmful to you and your baby. Call us immediately and we’ll  work to provide the best possible care for you while also looking out for your baby. 

If you have postponed seeing us during your first or second trimester, the third trimester is the time to have a dental checkup to ensure that your mouth is healthy. By visiting us at this time, we will be able to advise you on what you can do to prevent oral heath problems after your baby is born.

Dental Emergency’s  

You should receive treatment if it is necessary to ease your pain, prevent infection or decrease stress on you and your baby. we will consult with your obstetrician if there are questions about the safety of medicines or anesthesia.

After Pregnancy 

Always continue with your regular cleanings after your baby is born! It is just as important now for you to care for your oral health. A great way to teach your child the importance of dental care is to bring him or her with you when you come for your regular check up. When they see mom and dad with the dentist it greatly reduces any fears they may have. Your example will be the most powerful tool to keep them smiling!  Our goal is to keep you and your child happy and healthy for a lifetime of smiles! 

 

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