Dental Health in Pregnancy!

Shannon M. Clark, MD
January 15, 2021
Dental Health in Pregnancy!

Dental health

There are a lot of things to think about during pregnancy. One of these things is dental health, and while it’s extremely important, it can easily fall to the wayside during pregnancy! However, attending to your pearly whites is essential so we’re going to discuss why!

I was joined by dentist, Dr. Sarah Lorei to discuss all things concerning dental health in pregnancy. Listen to our discussion below!

Changes that occur during pregnancy

Physiologic changes to teeth and gums are quite common during pregnancy. Some of the changes might be very noticeable while others are more subtle. These changes can include pregnancy gingivitis, benign oral gingival lesions, tooth mobility, tooth erosion, dental caries, and periodontitis.

Can you see the dentist during pregnancy and is it safe?

The answer: Preventative dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe, but are recommended. The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation. Maintaining good oral health habits during pregnancy can help keep the gums and teeth healthy.

In my discussion with Dr. Sarah Lorei, we answered some great questions:

  • Is having dental work in pregnancy safe?
  • What about the medications used during dental work?
  • Are dental x-rays safe?
  • What about dental cavities and pregnancy?
  • What is gingivitis and how does pregnancy affect it
  • Is poor oral health connected to preterm labor?

To get the 411 on dental health during pregnancy, watch the discussion here!

Recommended dental health products in pregnancy

If you are pregnant, be sure to keep oral healthcare items on hand and use them daily as directed by your dentist! It’s also a good idea to stock up on these items so that you’re able to continue to care for your teeth and gums once the baby arrives. Below are some recommended products to maintain good oral hygiene!

ACT Anticavity Zero Alcohol Fluoride Mouthwash 18 fl. oz., With Accurate Dosing Cup, Iced Sweet Mint
Crest Pro-Health Pro|Active Defense Deep Clean Toothpaste, 4.0 oz, Pack of 3
Oral-B Complete SatinFloss Dental Floss, Mint, 50 M (54.6yd), Pack of 2

Go to the Babies After 35 Amazon Shop to purchase more of Dr. Lorei’s favorite oral health products!

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy.

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