Do you have a baby on the way? If so, don’t forget to maintain a routine dental check-up schedule and diligent prenatal dental care. Good oral health habits are not only important for your own teeth, they are vital to reduce the risk that your child will develop tooth decay or poor enamel as their teeth form under the gums during pregnancy. Many routine procedures, such as teeth cleanings and even fillings, can still be accomplished while you are pregnant. Plus, our experienced dentist, Dr. Harold A. Pollack, can evaluate any pregnancy-related dental concerns you may be having and formulate a treatment plan.
Remember that, while many expectant mothers go the entire nine months with no dental issues, others may experience some pregnancy-related oral concerns. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to “pregnancy gingivitis,” which can cause gum inflammation and serious periodontal disease if left untreated.
Overall, it’s best to let dentists know if you are currently pregnant, and to inform them of any medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) you are taking. Dental check-ups can be performed safely and effectively for you and your baby, and maintaining good oral health is vital to helping you maintain good general health!