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Pregnancy and the importance of oral care

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We are often times asked questions by our patients when they expecting their first child. It is important to inform your dentist and hygienist when you become pregnant. Prior to trying or becoming pregnant, make sure you are up to date with any dental x-rays, as well as your routine hygiene visit. If you are behind try to schedule an appointment beforehand, so your dentist can clear you from any urgent procedures that may have developed.

The American Academy of Periodontology urges women to maintain periodontal health. Pregnancy causes all sorts of hormonal changes within our bodies; these hormonal changes can increase our risk of developing gum disease. Periodontal disease is a bacteria, and inflammatory condition that affects the gum tissue, as well as the bone which supports our teeth. Maintaining periodontal health is essential before, throughout and after your pregnancy.

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We are often times asked if dental x-rays can be taken during the time of pregnancy. You can have x-rays taken however; we use extreme caution to determine if they are absolutely necessary. We do use a heavy vest which covers your abdomen, which acts as a shield to protect you and your baby.

Some of our patients experience morning sickness as well try to maintain the best oral care at home as you can. For patients craving sugary foods, remember moderation is key, as these sugary foods will affect your teeth and can cause decay.

Most important of all enjoy your pregnancy, and always call your dentist if you experience any concerns or have general questions regarding your oral health during your pregnancy.

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