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How To Best Protect Pregnant Smiles

Pregnant Fort Bliss

When you are expecting, it can seem like every single issue is blown out of proportion. After all, you still have to live during your pregnancy! So it can be difficult for some to know how to determine what concerns are serious issues and what might just be a myth. But you should not ignore your oral health during this time.

Pregnant smiles are much more likely to develop periodontal disease, or the infection and inflammation of the gums. This can become immensely dangerous, as this tissue creates an important barrier between the world and our circulatory system. And gum recession can lead to tooth decay and loss, and quite frequently require a root canal surgery if the structure becomes infected. Today, your Fort Bliss, TX dentist speaks to you a bit on the extra care your expecting mouth requires. And be sure to stick to your dental appointments during this time, for maximum safety!

Your Risks

So much of your body changes during pregnancy, it may be difficult to keep track of how to best manage. All while you happen to be at your most exhausted, as well. But our hormones and even our bones change at this time!

When you are creating new life within you, it has its own unique DNA. Of course, part of the material is yours. But without adjusting how our immune system operates, our bodies would try to eliminate this. You start to radically change very quickly after conception, following through to birth.

Your dentist will want to see you at some point during this time, most likely in the second or third trimester. But be sure to keep an open line of communication with your trained oral health care professionals. As soon as you comfortably can, give us a call. We’d love to see you!

Care For Your Gums

The biggest oral health risk within pregnant mouths is the likelihood of periodontal disease. This refers to the infection of your gum tissue. The first sign in this is gingivitis, and typically shows in redness and swelling at the site of the bacteria.

If you begin to see blood while you are brushing your teeth, do not ignore this symptom. Sometimes people feel they may be brushing too aggressively. But most likely, this is a sign of gingivitis. If you can spot the location of the bleeding note it, and clean it specifically. Sometimes food can get caught between the periodontal tissue and your teeth, if anything is lodged, remove it. These are particularly prone to bacterial growth.

We’re Here For You!

Do you have any questions about how your pregnancy might affect your smile? Call the staff at Fort Bliss Family Dentistry in Fort Bliss, TX at (915)895-3678 to learn more and schedule an appointment today!