What to Expect at the Dentist When You’re Expecting

Published on December 28, 2016 by

 

What to Expect at the Dentist When You’re Expecting

A pregnancy is a joyous time in a woman’s life. However, it also entails a lot of trepidation about what things you can and cannot do for the overall benefit of the baby. Some women, especially first-time mothers, are hesitant about visiting the dentist when expecting, but it is vital you still see an oral healthcare professional to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy during this time.

Increase Risk of Dental Problems

One reason why you need to schedule an appointment at your dental office while pregnant is so that a professional can inspect your smile and see if you are facing any significant oral health issues. Pregnant women are more likely to develop certain problems than women who are not expecting. These problems include:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Enamel erosion
  • Dry mouth

Gum disease is a serious problem, and it can result in low birth weight or premature delivery if it is severe enough. By visiting your dentist often during pregnancy, any issues can be caught early enough to where they do not escalate too much.

Advice on What to Do

It is also a good idea to visit your dental office to get advice on what you should be doing every day to care for your teeth and gums. It may be recommended that you brush and floss more often if it is clear you are neglecting those actions. You can also receive valuable advice on what to do in terms of your diet so that you and your baby remain healthy. One thing to keep in mind if you are pregnant is to inform your dental professional. That way extra precautions can be taken in case you need X-rays or anesthetic.

There is always a lot on women’s minds during a pregnancy. It is an exciting time, but do not allow your dental health to fall to the wayside. Visit your dentist soon after finding out you are expecting to start getting advice.

Contact us Today With Any Questions

The practice’s primary dentist, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, began practicing dentistry in 2009. While getting her dental degree she was awarded the Dr. William Starek Award for outstanding achievement in endodontics and the Dr. Donald McElroy Endodontic award for extra work in endodontics and professional behavior. With her knowledge and experience, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, and the entire dental staff are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. The dental office is equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment and staffed with experienced dental professionals in order to help your children learn the importance of proper dental hygiene. Call us today for a free consultation (215) 874-0888. 

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