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Dental Care During Pregnancy

Woman making a heart on her pregnant stomachGood oral hygiene and regular dental checkups with your Bellevue family dentist are essential for you and your unborn child.

Morning sickness

The increased acid of frequent morning sickness may weaken tooth enamel. Brush teeth and rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, or rinse with a mixture of baking soda and water to help neutralize stomach acids.

Diet and cravings

Teeth begin to form between the third and sixth month of pregnancy. It is important to follow a healthy diet as instructed by your physician or midwife. Many women find their preferences and taste change during pregnancy. More snacking, especially on sweets, can cause an increase in dental decay. Try to snack on foods that contain little or no sugar and that provide the nutrients you and your baby need to be healthy.

Pregnancy gingivitis

Pregnancy hormones can cause the gums to swell and bleed. They may feel sore, and you may see gum growth between the teeth. These symptoms may appear around the second or third month of pregnancy. You should have a dental cleaning and checkup. Your Spektor Dental team will pay special attention to your gum health. Maintain a healthy diet and talk to your dentist or hygienist about proper technique for brushing and flossing.

Dental radiographs during pregnancy

Always tell your dentist or hygienist if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. In general, radiographs may be taken during pregnancy when it is necessary to make a diagnosis and determine a specific treatment. Proper precautions such as the use of a lead apron provide adequate protection for both you and your unborn child.

Elective dental treatment

The second trimester of pregnancy is generally the safest and most comfortable time for dentistry. If you have a history of miscarriage, you might postpone elective dental treatment until you are well into your second trimester or until after delivery.

Please let us know about any specific concerns you may have during this special time in your life. We want to help ensure your dental health and comfort during your pregnancy. Call with questions: (425) 247-3629.

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