Dental problems and pregnancy go hand in hand. When you are pregnant or about to become pregnant your dental health should be a top priority. The oral health of a pregnant woman may have an impact on the health of her baby, so Delta Dental of Michigan wants moms to remember to practice good dental habits during pregnancy.
I remember when I was pregnant I suffered from a little gum disease and prior to being pregnant, I had a really good track record of not having dental problems. I made sure i went to my scheduled dental visits and brushed and flossed my teeth as ordered by my dentist.
“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.
Delta Dental of Michigan has simple dental care tips for women who are trying to get pregnant or are expecting:
- 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.