Pregnancy and Your Dental Care

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When pregnant, you are attending multiple health appointments from your general practitioner to your obstetrician. Be sure to add your dental health appointment into your regimen. During your pregnancy, seeing a dentist it is a more crucial time for your oral care and fighting against dental problems. East Indianapolis Dental Associates wants to ensure you are getting the right treatment now more than ever.

Let your dentist know how far along you are and what medications you’re taking. You can go about your regular checkup, unless you’re receiving an elective treatment, such as cosmetic dentistry, then it is best to wait after your baby arrives.

With your hormones changing, you are more susceptible to swelling in the gums where food can get trapped. This then may leave your teeth open to infection, gum disease, or gingivitis. Morning sickness can also be hard on the tooth enamel with stomach acid affecting the outer layer. Use mouthwash, water, or one teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to wash out your mouth.

To keep your gums and teeth healthy, be sure to follow your regular schedule of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and use non-alcoholic mouthwash. Eat plenty of vitamins and minerals to strengthen your teeth. About 2-3 months into your pregnancy is when the teeth have started developing underneath the gums, so it’s important to consider the baby’s teeth as well when tending to your oral care.

Dr. James McAllister wants to ensure you and your baby are getting the best dental treatment. Contact us at 317-357-8548 to reach our office in Indianapolis, Indiana, to schedule an appointment or consultation with East Indianapolis Dental Associates.