Pregnancy causes a huge change in the hormones of your body. With these changes it becomes easier to develop dental diseases. This is because the changing chemistry in your body affects even the mouth and creates a favorable condition for bacteria to work in. Growing evidence shows that getting gum disease while pregnant can affect the condition of the baby. You risk giving birth early or giving birth to a smaller, lighter baby. The studies done show that gum diseases lead to an increase in biological fluids that can trigger labor. When it worsens, it affects the health of the baby leading to a low weight birth. This risk is what makes it important to take even extra care of your dental health while pregnant.
During pregnancy one faces the risk of three dental conditions. Gum disease, dry mouth and enamel erosion. For dry mouth, this comes about, with the increased acidity you may get from morning sickness and the increased body demands for fluids. Failing to rinse off your mouth immediately after nausea adds to the risk of enamel erosion as the acidic content piles up.
The first step in prenatal oral care starts even before you get pregnant. If you are planning to become pregnant or suspect you could be pregnant, you need to visit a Barrie dentist. The dentist will do a thorough check up of your mouth checking the gums and teeth. You will get professional cleaning services which sets the base for your dental care in during your pregnancy period. All urgent procedures should be done with before your get pregnant while the elective ones can be postponed to a later date. In case you are several weeks into your pregnancy, you will need to consult your obstetrician on any precautions you should take