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How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health | Dr. Esteban Parada

Ensuring optimal oral health during pregnancy is crucial for both you and your baby’s well-being. Fluctuations in hormones can lead to significant changes in your mouth, making it essential to address any oral health concerns promptly. Dr. Esteban Parada and our team at SoFlo Dental are here to guide you through this important journey. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining oral health during pregnancy:

Common Oral Health Issues During Pregnancy:
Many expecting mothers overlook their oral health, with only 22 to 34 percent visiting a dentist during pregnancy, as reported by the Academy of General Dentistry. However, regular dental visits are crucial during this time to detect and address potential issues early on. Gingivitis is a common concern, characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums due to plaque buildup. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to more severe conditions, including non-cancerous pregnancy tumors.

Preventing Gum Problems:
To minimize the risk of gingivitis, it’s essential to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, ensuring to brush along the gumline thoroughly. Additionally, regular flossing helps remove plaque and debris from between teeth and along the gumline. Professional dental cleanings are also vital for reducing plaque buildup and preventing gum problems.

Impact of Poor Oral Health on Your Baby:
Research suggests a correlation between gingivitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth or low birth weight. Gingivitis can lead to the presence of harmful bacteria in the bloodstream, which may reach the uterus and trigger the release of chemicals that induce early labor. By maintaining good oral health, you can help reduce the risk of such complications and promote a healthier pregnancy.

Taking Care of Your Oral Health:
Managing gingivitis and other oral health issues during pregnancy is crucial for your well-being and that of your baby. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Esteban Parada before or during your pregnancy to address any concerns and receive personalized guidance on maintaining optimal oral health. Additionally, we recommend bringing your newborn to the dentist as soon as their first tooth emerges to start them on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Contact SoFlo Dental today to schedule an appointment with our experienced dental team. We are here to support you every step of the way and ensure a healthy pregnancy and a bright future for you and your baby.

SoFlo Dental of Miami
Phone: 305-662-2599
13550 Sw 88th ST, Suite 112
Miami, FL 33186