Understanding Oral Health During Pregnancy

Understanding Oral Health During Pregnancy

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Oral health conditions during pregnancy are important because they may have adverse effects not only on the mother but also the unborn child. As a matter of fact, research has shown that periodontitis is often an issue with regard to preterm birth and low birth weight. Other research shows that excessively high levels of bacteria that is carcinogenic and in the mother’s blood, could lead to increased cavities in a child after being born. In other cases, oral lesions could also have an impact on a child’s health while in the womb. Most experts agree that pregnant women should be checked for oral risks during pregnancy. This is a smart way to stay proactive when it comes to dental health and the health of an unborn child.

Decreasing the chances of infant cavities
Decreasing the Chances of Infant Cavities

There are many types of dental procedures that can be used to monitor the health of the mother and the unborn child. For example, diagnostic imaging, periodontal treatment and extractions can all be performed while a woman is pregnant. However, it is usually recommended that these procedures be performed early in the pregnancy. Decreasing the chances of infant cavities can be as simple as taking proactive steps with regard to dental care and focusing on prevention during pregnancy. Periodontitis is probably one of the biggest concerns when it comes to dental health whether pregnant or not. It is a destructive type of condition that can cause serious damage to teeth.

Regular Routine Dental Cleanings
Regular Routine Dental Cleanings

Periodontitis is a process where bacterial infiltration results in toxins that cause a chronic inflammatory response. Ultimately, pockets are created on the surface of the teeth that eventually turn into cavities and become infected. When this condition is left unchecked teeth become loose and eventually fall out. This is why regular routine dental cleanings are so important in people of all ages including those who are pregnant. Always consider having adequate pregnancy screening and prevention from your dental care provider. This should be in concert with your general health care professional. It allows any problems to be detected early and corrected as quickly as possible. Talk with your oral health professionals or dentists in Pinole, Dr. Azadeh Hosseini and Dr. Ghazal Hosseini at Top Pinole Dental, to learn more about oral health during pregnancy.

References:
[1] Fluoride Treatment And How It Impacts Oral Health
[2] Impacts Of Diet On Oral Health in Long-Term

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