Are you ecstatic to be pregnant, but also a bit confused about what you need to do to keep yourself healthy and happy throughout the pregnancy? While your doctor appointments are probably already clearly marked on your calendar, many moms feel a bit stumped when it comes to figuring out the appropriate smile care. Yet during pregnancy it is actually more important than ever to give your teeth and gums the preventive care they need to stay healthy. If you want to avoid dental problems, like cavities and gum disease, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth every single day, and also to visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, especially during pregnancy.
Why Is Dental Care So Important for Expectant Moms?
It is due to the drastic changes in hormones during pregnancy that expectant moms are actually at a higher risk of developing gingivitis or gum disease. This is actually true of anytime in life when the hormones are fluctuating. That said, gingivitis and other gum-related problems can also be caused by side effects of medical conditions, or even medications.
Regular dental hygiene is one important way to help keep the gums in good health, but routine dental checkups and cleanings are also important. These help to remove tartar buildup, often before it can create a problem like gingivitis.
Know the Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Another way to help keep your gums in great shape is by paying attention to any changes. Warning signs of gingivitis should not be ignored, as dental problems can worsen over time. This is particularly true of gum disease, which is a chronic condition.
Preventive appointments can help to prevent symptoms of gum disease in the first place, while periodontal therapy, like a deep cleaning can actually help to reverse symptoms of gingivitis, and also help to restore oral health.
Ready for Preventive Dental Treatment?
Preventive treatment could help keep your smile clean and healthy. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule your next dental appointment. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.