Pregnancy affects nearly every aspect of a woman’s life, including her oral health. Pregnancy is a state of physiological condition that brings about various changes in the oral cavity along with other physiological changes taking place throughout the female body. Hence, Dental Care in pregnancy is as important as general well being. It is important that women opt for the right dental care and consult a specialist to ensure that no complication affects the pregnancy.
Pregnancy and Dental Health:
Studies highlight the association – Many national and international studies have proved that gingival and periodontal diseases (Gum diseases) during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery and low term birth weight babies.
Dental issues are common during pregnancy – Pregnancy gingivitis and pregnancy tumor (Localized swelling of gingiva) are common findings in pregnancy.
Dental issues can lead to premature delivery – Bacteria and toxins produced in gum diseases enters blood stream easily and then crosses the placenta leads to inflammation and rupture of membrane leading to premature delivery.
Increases the risk of hormone fluctuations – Pregnant women are at more risk for gum diseases because of increased level of hormones during pregnancy.
Ignorance can lead to complications- Lack of maintaining oral hygiene, increased snacking, increased carbohydrate diet, frequent vomitings add to increased dental and gum diseases.
Why dental health is important in pregnancy?
Health during pregnancy affects two lives. The best advice to women considering pregnancy is to visit their dentist for oral health check up and to treat any oral problems before becoming pregnant. During pregnancy, your teeth and gums need special attention. Regular brushing and flossing, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly will help reduce dental problems that accompany pregnancy. Unfortunately, dental care during pregnancy is low because of gaps in knowledge about recommended oral health practices and also, unfounded concerns over safety of dental procedures during pregnancy. It’s even worse for low-income women, who disproportionately have poor oral health during pregnancy because of their lack of access to dental care.We ensure that pregnant women receive high-quality oral health care. Hence, we take special precautions for giving dental treatment to pregnant women like patient positioning on dental chair, choice of medication, anaesthesia, x- rays, timing of treatment etc.
Dental team at Paras Bliss Hospital is expert in providing oral disease management and treatment to pregnant women by providing emergency or acute care at any time during pregnancy, discussing benefits and risks of treatment and alternatives, and developing and providing a comprehensive care plan.