Whether you are trying to get pregnant or you are already pregnant, good dental care and hygiene is very important; regular cleaning and check-ups are essential for dental health.
Researchers from the Universidade Federal do Parana have reported
cases of tooth defects in neonates intubated soon after birth. All
infants included in the study were intubated in the hospital after
preterm delivery - prior to the 35th week gestation.
Even though all of your baby’s teeth will fall out eventually, they are
still extremely important. Many new parents fail to realize just how
important these temporary pearly whites are because they realize that
they’ll only be around for a few years.
I was a notorious tooth-grinder as a child. Since I was a toddler, I was
constantly mashing my teeth together both during sleep and during the
daytime. Technically, this problem is called bruxism, and it does
deserve some attention.
Researchers presented a study at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine yearly meet-up, The Pregnancy Meeting, regarding the possible benefits of using alcohol-free mouthwash to reduce preterm labor.
The treatment of gum disease may be a contributing factor in keeping premature birth at bay. A study published by BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology reports a significant link between periodontitis and preterm birth.
The application of porcelain veneers is considered safe during pregnancy. The only known side effect of pregnancy that could cause an expecting woman to put off veneer application is that gums become more sensitive due to increased blood volume.
Having dark stained teeth is common in a world of smoking, drinking red
wine and drinking coffee. Teeth whitening takes only 30 minutes a day and can work wonders but home teeth whitening kits have not be
thoroughly tested for use during pregnancy.
Like every other body system during pregnancy, the mouth and teeth are affected by the changes in body hormones.
Seeing a dentist while pregnant and having dental care during pregnancy is not only normal, but important for the health of mom and baby alike.
Most doctors recommend to see your dentist at least once during pregnancy especially to clean your teeth and gums. Gum disease in pregnancy has been found to increase certain pregnancy complications such as premature deliveries.
Besides brushing twice a day and flossing daily, you should have your teeth professionally cleaned once during your pregnancy.
Diagnostic radiation including dental X-rays are safe, specifically if you use a lead cover. Diagnostic radiation has far less X-ray dosage than therapeutic radiation which is used to treat cancer and which exposes you to much higher radiation.