You already know dental cleaning contributes to your overall health, but did you know it’s especially significant during pregnancy? It’s true. Since September is the month most babies are born (on average), we decided to give all you new baby mommas a heads up and invite you in for a relaxing dental cleaning sesh in our spa-like office.
Here’s the scoop. Pregnancy can exacerbate dental health issues, which in turn can trigger pregnancy complications, including premature birth. Certain studies have shown a link between gum disease and premature birth–that’s birth that takes place before 37 weeks of gestation, which has obvious health implications.
Being a mommy is synonymous with making all sorts of sacrifices, but your oral health shouldn’t be one of them. Because in this case, looking out for yourself means looking out for your kid. If you are pregnant, you need to keep up with regular appointments and maybe even schedule an extra dental cleaning (or two).
Why? Tooth and gum health declines for mothers during pregnancy. There are a few issues that can complicate oral health:
It’s all about mouth bacteria. When there is excessive bacteria in the mouth, it can get into the bloodstream and travel to the uterus. This can trigger the production of chemicals called prostaglandins, which are linked to premature labour.
Quite a lot, actually. Here are a few helpful tips to maintain oral health throughout pregnancy:
If you schedule a dental cleaning at Pearl, remember to let us know that you’re expecting. Our certified dental hygienists can assess your oral health and make a plan to keep your teeth healthy and sparkling. Remember you’re brushing for two–and caring for your teeth and gums can make a difference for your baby—both immediately and in the long term.