Dental Care and Pregnancy

Young adults especially women in their reproductive years have different experiences that give rise to unique needs and preferences in many aspects of life. Dental health is not an exemption. It is then significant to care about dental conditions. The important differences in women’s oral health largely depend on hormone fluctuations.

Young women, especially those who use oral contraceptives are at risk. Oral contraceptives contain hormones such as progesterone or estrogen that may cause the occurrence of gingivitis with long term use. Women who use birth control are twice likely to develop dry sockets and should consult their dentist first before allowing major dental procedures. Pregnant women, on the other hand, also have a high risk of increased inflammation of gums because of the oozing production of hormones estrogen and progesterone. Those infected with periodontal disease may be at risk for having low birth weight babies and even pre-term ones.

They may also be at risk of having pregnancy tumors—inflammatory, benign growths that arises from swollen, irritated gums which eventually shrinks after pregnancy. If pregnant and experiencing morning sickness, it is best to neutralize the mouth’s acidity caused by vomiting to prevent tooth erosion. To sum it up, being “dentally” aware is a must. Be friends with your dentist. Visit him regularly especially if you are about to approach a different life stage. Adhere to oral hygiene and awareness.

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