Dental Visits During Pregnancy – Protecting Yours and Your Unborn Child’s Health

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Seeing your NE Calgary Dentist and Hygienist for routine exams and cleanings throughout your pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for your health – and the health of your unborn child.  According to Public Health Agency of Canada

“Taking care of your teeth and gums is very important when you are pregnant.

 Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase your risk of developing periodontal (gum and bone) disease.

 Poor oral health may also affect the health of your developing baby.”

 

A pregnant woman who has periodontal disease is at risk of delivering her baby prematurely and of the baby presenting with a low birth weight.  For several years the link between infection and pre-term delivery has been the focus of research.  It has been long been established that urinary tract infections can cause a woman to go in to premature labor due to causing a rapid increase in biological fluids that normally induce labor. Researchers suspect that the bacterial infection that is present when a woman has periodontal disease causes the same increase in biological fluids and risk for pre-term delivery.  Periodontal disease isn’t something that should be ignored at any stage of life – but during pregnancy swift attention and intervention is required to ensure that the levels of bacteria are reduced and tissue health is restored.  

Regular trips to your Calgary Dentist is recommended throughout your pregnancy as consistent monitoring of teeth, gums, and bone levels provides a Calgary Dental Team the opportunity to intervene if a patient’s dental health is compromised.  The change in hormone levels during pregnancy causes gum tissue to react in an exaggerated manner to the increased formation of plaque.  If you have a mild case of gingivitis prior to getting pregnant the likely-hood is high of it becoming worse as your pregnancy advances – so don’t delay seeing your Dentist at Discover Dental in NE Calgary to remove all existing deposits of plaque and calculus – and to establish the frequency of dental cleanings needed during your pregnancy

NE Calgary Dentists at Discover Dental in Falconridge stress the importance of women maintaining regular cleanings and dental exams while pregnant.  Advancement in dental technology and procedures makes it safe for Mom (and baby) to be in the dental chair and have some routine procedures performed.   If you’re pregnant, or thinking of getting pregnant, schedule an appointment at Discover Dental to make sure your dental health is in optimum conditionDiscover Dental is a General Dental practice in NE Calgary providing a range of services from teeth cleanings, x-rays, exams, to restorative procedures and cosmetic dentistry.  Contact them today 403.285.0222

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