How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Teeth

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You may understand that you should expect several changes if you’re pregnant. However, did you know that there are a few things you might need to do if you’d like to protect your oral health while you’re pregnant?

As you might already know, gum disease might actually lead to a number of serious problems. However, did you know that pregnant women are actually more susceptible to gum disease? This happens because pregnant women have elevated levels of progesterone, which can aggravate the gums and cause gum disease, even if there’s less plaque on them than normal. Furthermore, gum disease can actually cause additional complications for a pregnant woman, including preterm birth.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to avoid this problem. For instance, you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as you learn you’re pregnant. While there are some treatments you should be careful with, there are still several things we can do to keep you healthy. For instance, cleaning your teeth will reduce your odds of getting gum disease. In fact, some dentists recommend more frequent cleanings for pregnant women.

If you’d like to hear more about what you can do for your pearly whites while you’re pregnant, please don’t hesitate to give Open Door Family Dentistry in Grants Pass, Oregon, a call at 541-479-5505. Our dentist, Dr. Ryan Bailey , and our team will be glad to address any concerns you may have and help keep your pearly whites healthy. We’re excited to receive your call!