When you find out that either you or your partner is pregnant, it can be an exciting and nerve-racking time.
And, while you may not consider it an important part of prenatal care, as soon as you discover that there is a baby on the way, you will need to book an appointment to see a dental team.
There are many changes that occur in a woman's body when she is going through pregnancy and, as you may imagine, these can wreak havoc and may even lead to dental issues.
Also, as research has found a link between the dental health of the mother and the health of the baby when it is born, it is important to not overlook this part of prenatal care.
At Willaston Dental, our dentist in Cheshire has overseen the care of many of our patients who have been expecting a baby and can offer you advice on some of the changes that you may encounter. We can also offer prescription-strength toothpaste and mouthwash if required, to keep your oral health in top shape for that all-important day when your baby comes into the world.
So, what are some of the most common dental issues that may occur during pregnancy? Our dentist in Cheshire offers a brief guide below.
With issues such as morning sickness and consumption of odd foods, there is a higher likelihood of you developing tooth decay in pregnancy than at any other time. Our dentist in Cheshire will be able to offer you fluoride sealants to protect your teeth against decay, while also removing accumulated plaque.
We may also prescribe a medicated mouthwash or toothpaste, both of which will be able to remove any unseen bacteria and plaque from your teeth.
Morning sickness will inevitably lead to a higher presence of acids in your mouth.
As a result, you may begin to experience acid erosion on the backs of your teeth. Once again, we can offer you an acid neutralising mouthwash, and protect your teeth from any further erosion with a fluoride sealant.
Known as pregnancy gingivitis, this occurs due to the fluctuation in hormones like estrogen and progesterone.
While we cannot treat this condition outright, we will be able to provide you with additional, targeted hygienist appointments, to ensure that there is no aggravating plaque in your mouth and to detect any other issues that may be occurring.
Benign lumps on the gums that often resolve themselves once the baby is born, pregnancy granulomas usually require no dental treatment.
If your pregnancy granuloma begins to hurt, grows to excessive size or impacts on your breathing, our team will be able to remove it.
Different from gum disease, gum inflammation during pregnancy can be caused by excess acid in the mouth and higher levels of plaque, making it quite painful to eat.
Medicated mouthwash and toothpaste can resolve this issue, allowing you the freedom to eat whichever foods you are craving in peace!