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Published on July 21st, 2021

How Oral Health Affects Pregnancy

When you are going to have a baby, you put a lot of effort into making sure you are healthy so that the baby will be, too. However, one of the last things people might think about is how dental care can impact their pregnancy. Having good oral hygiene is an important part of prenatal care, as it is fundamental to keeping our teeth and gums healthy.

For example, many people suffer from gum disease, but things like changes in hormones and morning sickness can make pregnant women more susceptible to developing gum disease and cavities. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), somewhere between 60%-75% of pregnant women have gingivitis. Gingivitis can lead to bleeding gums, infections, tooth loss, and even bone loss if left untreated. Premature birth and low birth weight have been associated with periodontitis.

During and directly after pregnancy, mothers who have a lot of cavity causing bacteria in their mouths can transmit this bacteria to their children. Inevitably, this makes the children prone to cavities, too.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?

Dental x-rays and pregnancy may not sound like two things that go together; however, when a pregnant patient is suffering from dental issues of any kind, an x-ray may be pertinent to their treatment.

According to the ADA (American Dental Association), dental x-rays are safe for pregnant patients, provided the proper shields are used to help diminish radiation exposure. For many, dental x-rays help improve the accuracy of their diagnosis, and treatment plans, since they provide a deeper look at existing issues.

At Chicago Dental Solutions, we utilize 3D Dental Imaging to get the best, most informative and accurate results possible for every patient.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Mothers-to-be should see their dentists regularly, and always be sure to communicate any dental concerns or issues they may encounter as soon as possible. Dental appointments and at-home oral hygiene practices should be a regular part of any woman’s prenatal care. Without regard for oral health and hygiene, issues like gum disease and cavities can become prevalent and affect both the mother and child.

Chicago Dental Solutions

Making it a point to prioritize your oral health during your pregnancy is important, and Chicago Dental Solutions can help you do it. Our experienced team is here for you to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy for your sake, and your child’s.

Just because you may never have associated dental care with prenatal care before, does not mean it is too late to start. Contact us today to make an appointment with one of the best dentists in River North.

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