During pregnancy, hormones (in particular the increased estrogen and progesterone) can cause unexpected changes to your teeth and gums. These increased hormones can make your gums particularly vulnerable to plaque, easily leading to periodontal disease such as gingivitis.
It’s especially important to maintain good oral hygiene throughout your pregnancy. The professionals at Dr. Roberts Family Dentistry are trained to recognize and treat early signs of periodontal disease in pregnant women, so it’s in your best interest to visit the dentist early in your pregnancy and inform the office that you’re expecting. Regular exams and cleanings pose no health risk to your unborn baby, but the bacteria found in gingivitis have been linked to pre-term delivery and low birth weight.
Let your dental professionals work with you to focus on your dental health needs as part of your overall prenatal health plan.