Congratulations on your bundle of joy!
As a mum-to-be, it is only natural to want the best for your growing child. To ensure your baby grows well, you regularly visit the doctor for checkups and ultrasounds. Some mums even go beyond – preparing for the birth by buying out the baby section in local shops, reading all the baby books and even doing yoga once in a while.
Besides all that, have you visited your dentist too?
When it comes to pregnancy, a visit to the dentist is often at the bottom of the list. Some mums think that canker sores or manky teeth will not affect their child.
Practices such as The Priory Dental Practice beg to differ. A mother-to-be’s oral health shares a close link with their child’s health. Pregnant women are susceptible to increased risks of dental issues. According to the Walsall practice, pregnant women may also have their dental treatments covered by the NHS.
The Body, the Baby and Drastic Changes
Pregnancy results in dramatic hormonal changes. Progesterone levels, for example, increase drastically. While the higher number offers countless benefits, it also comes with a set of disadvantages. Your gums are more prone to periodontal disease; as a result, you are at risk for pregnancy gingivitis.
Gingivitis triggers gum swelling, sensitivity, inflammation and bleeding. If you do not treat it immediately, you might suffer from a more serious condition called periodontitis. Apart from increasing your risks for tooth loss, this condition may also affect your unborn child. Recent research reports that bacteria linked with gum disease passes to the fetus via the umbilical cord. This may result in problems associated with low birth weight.
What Mum Can Do
Fortunately, mothers need not seek expensive dental treatments. Before serious diseases occur, they should maintain good oral health practices and eat a balanced diet. Mums should stay away from sugary treats and drinks, especially before important meals.
Mothers-to-be should also regularly visit their dentists. They will examine for early signs of gum problems and recommend the right treatments.
A visit to the dentist should not be at the bottom of your to-do list during your pregnancy. Give yourself one less thing to worry about by dropping by the local practice.