Are you or someone you care about planning a pregnancy, currently expecting, or a new mother? The arrival of a new life is an exciting time and usually full of planning and preparing. Something many expectant and new moms are surprised to learn is that pregnancy can have an effect on your oral health. We would hate for a new mom to experience dental health issues and need to spend time in our office for treatment instead of being with her new bundle of joy.
Pregnancy hormones do more than cause a mother to become emotional, have food aversions, and deal with morning sickness. Hormones can also cause a change in the state of your oral health and leave you more susceptible to decay and gum disease. Below are recommendations for dealing with your oral health during all stages of pregnancy.
Dental Care Before Pregnancy
If you are hoping to become pregnant in the near future, it is important to schedule a hygiene examination and cleaning if it has been some time since your last appointment. We can evaluate the current state of your oral health and make any treatment recommendations if necessary.
Dental Care During Pregnancy
There is no need to skip your cleaning appointments during your pregnancy; however, we may have to postpone certain treatments if they are needed. The risk of gum disease increases during pregnancy, so it is important to continue to care for your teeth properly at home.
It can be difficult to get into a routine after a new baby, so it is important to be mindful of when you are due for your next routine appointment. Just as before you were pregnant, we want to be sure no problems have developed, and we can schedule any treatments that were postponed during pregnancy.
If you are pregnant or thinking of adding to your family in the near future, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment for a hygiene examination. We look forward to seeing you in our office located in Canandaigua, NY soon.