Your dental health can affect your pregnancy. It is extremely important that you continue visiting your dentist and hygienist for regular dental cleanings and exams, and that you continue to brush and floss often. If you develop any signs of dental problems, schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.
A baby’s teeth begin developing before he or she is born. Your oral health during pregnancy can affect the dental development of your child, as well as your child’s overall health. While pregnant and breastfeeding, you should maintain a balanced, nutritious diet. Periodontal disease has also been linked to pregnancy complications, including premature birthing and babies that are born with a low birth weight. Remain attentive to signs of gum disease, and quickly seek treatment if you notice any symptoms of this disease, such as easy bleeding of the gums, gums that are red, swollen, or tender, or changes in the fit of your dental restorations or tooth replacements.
Be sure to follow all instructions regarding the proper care of your child’s oral health before and after your child is born, including recommendations for brushing and flossing, diet and nutrition, teething, and other dental health concerns.
If you have more questions about dental care during pregnancy, or how your oral health will affect your child’s dental growth and development, schedule a consultation with your dentist.