Thursday, August 8, 2013

Oral Health During Pregnancy

We have a few pregnant ladies in our office! Kim, Dr. Jung's business assistant, is due with a baby boy this month! Dr. David Stevens' wife Jennifer (who is a dental hygienist and works here periodically) just found out they are having a baby girl, due in December. 
Kim, showing us her cute baby bump at Dental Health Associates.

It is completely safe to visit the dentist during pregnancy - in fact, you should make sure you do because hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect your oral health. For example, some women develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent this.

In some women, overgrowths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” appear on the gums, most often during the second trimester. These non-cancerous growths or swellings are usually found between the teeth and are believed to be related to excess plaque. They bleed easily and have a red, raw-looking raspberry-like appearance. They usually disappear after your baby is born, but if you are concerned, talk to your dentist about removing them. If you notice pregnancy tumors or any other changes in your mouth during pregnancy, see your dentist.

If you are pregnant, be sure to tell your dentist what stage of pregnancy you are in when scheduling an appointment. Routine dental exams are safe, but some procedures cannot be done during certain stages of pregnancy.

For these and more dental concerns unique to pregnancy, visit the American Dental Association's

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