Dental Health and Pregnancy

pregnancyPregnancy can be an exciting time and it affects the body in numerous ways, including oral health. Pregnant moms need to focus on taking care of their teeth and gums as well as planning for their new arrival. The following tips will help keep your smile looking its best during these vital months.

Planning for Pregnancy
Visit your dentist in Shreveport LA before you plan to conceive. This will give your dental team a chance to fully assess your dental health, and to attend to any problems before pregnancy. It’s your last chance to have dental x-rays as these are not recommended during pregnancy.

During Pregnancy
Let your dentist know you are pregnant, and if you didn’t have a chance to visit them beforehand, now’s a good time to schedule a checkup and cleaning. The hormones produced during pregnancy can affect your gums, and quite a few moms-to-be will develop a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.

Pregnancy gingivitis can cause the gums to become swollen and tender, and they may begin to bleed. Talk to your dentist in Shreveport if you experience any of these symptoms. It’s possible they may recommend additional checkups and cleanings to minimize this risk.

After Pregnancy
Once your baby is born, visit your dentist for a proper checkup and any dental x-rays if required. If you did develop pregnancy gingivitis, this should clear up shortly after your baby is born as your hormone levels begin to return to normal. Don’t forget to schedule your baby’s first checkup by age one.

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Cooper and Dr. Charlotte Banker are family dentists in Shreveport

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