Dental Health in Pregnancy!

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

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!

However, attending to your pearly whites is essential so today we’re going to discuss why!

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.

One of the common questions women have during pregnancy is if they should continue to see the dentist during pregnancy, and is it safe to do so?

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 today’s discussion with Dr.Sarah Lorei, we’re answering 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 401 on dental health during pregnancy, watch the discussion here!

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.

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

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. In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life.

Follow Shannon on TikTok @tiktokbabydoc, Facebook @babiesafter35, and Instagram @babiesafter35.

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