Why seeing our dentist during pregnancy is a must!
The word itself brings images of nurses, midwives and lots of medical appointments to the forefront of people's minds.
But, one area that many people forget about when it comes to pregnancy healthcare, which is essential, is dentistry.
When you or your partner are pregnant, it is vital that you not only report this to your dental team, but that multiple dental appointments are attended throughout those all important 9 months.
And at Haymarket Dental Care, our dentist in Haymarket is always happy to meet with mums-to-be and will be glad to provide top-notch, targeted dental care, which will help mother and baby get through the pregnancy while also being happy and healthy.
But what are some of the issues that pregnancy can create for mothers, and why is seeing our dentist in Haymarket so important? Read on to find out!
Gum disease (gingivitis)
One of the first contenders is gum disease. Due to hormonal changes, pregnancy can cause the gums to become more sensitive, inflamed and prone to bleeding.
But our dentist in Haymarket is always on hand to offer mums-to-be a scale and polish, and we will also always be happy to book you in for an appointment with our hygienist if needed.
As well as this, we are also happy to provide medicated toothpaste and mouthwash, which will neutralise bacteria that can lead to or worsen gum disease.
Pregnancy cravings are expected and, well, a bit odd!
While our team would never suggest to a mum-to-be that she should not indulge in her cravings, increased levels of sugar in the saliva can lead to an increased risk of cavities.
As well as this, many pregnant women become deficient in calcium, which can also increase the risk of tooth decay.
So, be sure to see our team during your pregnancy, and we will be able to offer restorations like fillings and crowns as and when they are needed.
It is also surprisingly common for pregnant women to experience dental sensitivity. Why? It is due to changes in hormone levels, which can cause the enamel to become thinner, making the teeth more sensitive.
Luckily, fluoride sealants can help here, as well as fillings and crowns as and when they are needed.
Usually occurring in the second to the third trimester, pregnancy tumours are small growths on the gums that can occur due to hormonal changes.
Once your baby is born, it will usually resolve on its own, but if they become too large and impact your eating or breathing, then our team will be more than happy to remove them for you with the help of some local anaesthetic.
Pregnancy-related bruxism (teeth grinding)
Stress and hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause an increase in teeth grinding.
This may not sound too bad, but it can lead to tooth wear, which can cause the enamel to be thin, meaning it is more likely to crack, chip or become decayed. We can offer you mouthguards to help with pregnancy bruxism and will also be on hand to provide fillings and other restoratives.