Pregnancy and Dental Health

Pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis, (gums bleed while brushing) due to pregnancy hormones affecting the way that gums react to plaque. Gingivitis affects up to 70% of pregnant women. Your gums are more sensitive to the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth and can easily become red, puffy and inflamed and might bleed when flossing.

Dental care during pregnancy can help keep these problems at bay. Dental treatment between the third to sixth months is the best time for both you and your baby. We would avoid taking x-rays for a pregnant patient unless it was absolutely necessary. The risk of not treating a dental infection in a pregnant woman may be greater than her undergoing the treatment.

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