Pregnancy Dental Care for Expectant Mothers – The oral health of a pregnant woman may have an impact on the health of her baby. Dental care is important for a woman’s overall health, but it is an even bigger priority for women who are pregnant or about to become pregnant. That’s why Delta Dental reminds soon-to-be or already expectant mothers to practice good oral health habits during pregnancy.
“Many women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant don’t visit the dentist nearly as often as they should,” said Dr. Jed Jacobson, chief science officer and senior vice president of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. “Taking care of your dental health early in the pregnancy may help support healthy development of the baby and can help ensure a healthy birth later on.”
Emerging evidence shows that gum disease may be a significant risk factor for pre-term, low-birthweight babies. According to a report prepared by the University of Michigan for the Delta Dental Plans Association, almost half a million babies every year in the United States are born too early or too small. Other major risks from poor dental care during pregnancy include ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ or ‘pregnancy tumors’ on the gums.
Pregnancy Dental Care for Expectant Mothers Tips
Brush and floss at least twice per day.
Visit the dentist for a check-up and cleaning within the first or second trimester to prevent complications from anesthesia, medication or extensive procedures.
Postpone elective procedures until after giving birth if possible.
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