Mother’s oral health practices during pregnancy, such as dental visits, oral hygiene, and consumption of sweets have a significant effect on their oral health during pregnancy and on their children’s oral health in the future.
Pregnancy gingivitis, Pregnancy Tumour and Gum bleeding are common challenges during pregnancy. Pre-Natal check up helps in detecting the onset of these early. Dental care post delivery is also equally important. It’s called Post-Partem dental care. We understand the difficulties involved in stepping out of the house to visit the dentist. We bring the experts to your doorstep so that you can get the best service at the comfort of your home.
Maintaining a good oral health during pregnancy is very important as the hormonal changes during this phase increases the risk of gum diseases. This could also affect the development of baby sometimes.
How can bad oral health be of concern during pregnancy?
Predisposition to gum disease is higher during pregnancy also called “pregnancy gingivitis”. Poor oral hygiene may increase the plaque and tartar accumulation around the gums. This will not only have adverse effects on the gums but also increases the incidence of cavities.
In some women overgrowth of gum tissue is evident. These are not tumour but overgrown gum tissue around plaque and are called Pregnancy Tumours. They bleed very easily and reduce once the gums are cleaned and hygiene is optimal. These tumours are rarely excised.
Side effect of dental procedures
– To avoid unnecessary antibiotics and pain medications get a dental check up done in early pregnancy.
– Dentists should ideally avoid X rays during this period to avoid radiation exposure to the baby. If necessary X ray need to be done with adequate precautions such as using a lead apron around abdomen and thyroid collar.
– Some medications may have a tendency to exaggerate the underlying gum disease, please consult with your Dentist or Physician.
– Second trimester is considered safe for dental procedures under supervision of expert dentists and gynaecologists.
– It’s also advisable to reduce the visits to clinics to avoid external contact. In many of the cases, dental treatment can be offered at home. Check out home dental care options and visit a clinic only if necessary.