Prenatal care you might be overlooking

Once you receive the news that you are pregnant, life gets hectic. You’re busy growing a tiny person inside of you while maintaining routine obstetrician appointments and preparing the home for the new arrival. But it’s important that you also connect with your dental team during this time. At Drs of smiles Gentle Family Dentistry, Mesa, AZ women who are pregnancy can receive prenatal care and reduce the risks of certain conditions that may develop during this time. Below are a few reasons why Drs. LeSueur, LeSueur, and Dodaro recommend routine visits:

  • Inflammation – due to the changes in hormone levels during pregnancy, inflammation throughout the body can occur. This often plays a role in the increased risk of developing periodontal disease, which is an infection of the soft tissue of the mouth. Not only can this ailment impact your oral health, but it can also impact the health of your baby. Conditions such as periodontal disease that are present during pregnancy is linked to low birth weight and increased risks of premature birth. Visiting the dentist during this time is essential in monitoring for inflammation.
  • Dental erosion – many women who are pregnant experience problems such as morning sickness. This unpleasant experience, which typically occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy, can cause acids to sit on the back side of the teeth from vomiting and increase the chances of eroding natural tooth enamel.
  • Dental work – contrary to popular belief, it is completely safe for women who are pregnant to have dental procedures during, including dental fillings, porcelain crowns, or root canal therapy.
  • Infection – a toothache is a serious issue whether you are pregnant or not, but pregnant women have more risks if their toothache is not diagnosed and resolved. Toothaches caused by abscesses are of great concern, as the infection that leads to the abscess is often spread throughout the bloodstream. If a problem is found during pregnancy, our team will do our best to help treat it and maintain your oral health.

Make sure you are paying attention to your smile during your pregnancy

Prenatal visits to the dentist are just as important as the appointments you make with your obstetrician. If you are pregnant and are due for an evaluation and cleaning in the Mesa, AZ community, contact our team of professionals at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry today to request a consultation visit with Drs. LeSueur, LeSueur, and Dodaro. Call (480) 834-6991 to schedule an appointment at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Ste. #1.

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