PregnantWith all the changes going on in your body while you are expecting, it can be overwhelming! It seems that every time you turn around, there is something new to consider. If this is your first child, or if you have been through this before, there is always more to learn about the process.

Expecting mothers have to monitor their oral health closely, as they are much more at risk of periodontal disease. This condition refers to the inflammation and infection of the gums. It is also very dangerous to the future of your mouth, if ignored.

Today, your Baxter, MN dentist writes on how best to protect yourself while growing new life. And some specific ways to care for your smile!

Be Prepared

Periodontal disease is a very dangerous infection of the gums. This is usually due to bacterial growth from a lack of proper oral hygiene. But this is not to say that those with the disease are ignoring their cleanliness. Some areas of the mouth are incredibly difficult for one person to reach on their own.

Sometimes, patients will ignore an area that has begun to develop gingivitis, or the initial stages of infection. This shows initial symptoms such as redness and tenderness at the location. This may lead people to believe that they are brushing too aggressively. Or they think that they are pushing back their gums with floss, so they start to leave that area alone a bit.

But this just allows bacterial growth to occur further, so please do not ignore your situation!

A New Growth

By creating life, you are putting significant stress on your body and your immune system. Your child has unique and independent DNA than you do, of course. Without restructuring your hormones and your immune system, you would attack the growth of this new being as an invading parasite.

But that also means more risk to your mouth during this time, and your gums are the prime area to monitor. Plaque can also build up more easily on the teeth, so you should be in touch with your dentist through the process. Your hormones change nearly immediately after conception, and continue through to birth.

Tips For Care

Your dentist will want to see you either in the 2nd or 3rd trimester. Please keep these appointments, as keeping a strict calendar can help to ensure that appropriate timing is held. Always follow the advice of your oral healthcare provider, as well!

Also, be sure that your oral health regimen at home is as rigorous as it can be, as well. Twice-daily brushing is always required, and if you get up in the middle of the night to ease a craving, brush again! I know you’re exhausted, but you cannot ignore the bacterial growth that happens in sleep.

Floss daily, as well. Any buildup of food particles between the teeth are particularly harmful to you at this time. If you have room, carry some small flossers or a roll of dental floss on you so that you can attend to it when you have a second.

Visit Our Office in Baxter, MN!

Dr. Clinton L. Roberts and the friendly staff at Greenhaven Family Dental are happy to help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile with a comprehensive approach to general dentistry. With years of training and experience in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Roberts is also adept at helping patients treat snoring and sleep apnea so they can rest more easily (and quietly). To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call our office in Baxter, MN, today at (218) 454-0523. We proudly welcome patients from Brainerd, Little Falls, Staples, Crosby-Ironton-Deerwood, and all surrounding communities.