Smiles Need Protecting When You're Expecting

Getting ready to welcome a new member into your family is an exciting time. Between much-needed rests, your focus is on all sorts of preparations, such as decorating the nursery, attending check-up and sonogram appointments with your doctor, and gathering the endless items necessary for the care of your new arrival.

In the flurry of anticipation, don't forget to take care of your teeth and gums. It's more important than ever to keep brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist for preventive maintenance like cleanings and checkups. Studies suggest a link between gum disease and instances of premature births, as well as other pregnancy complications, so you want to keep a very close watch on your dental health during this most formative stage of your child's development.

Swollen, bleeding gums are a common complaint for pregnant women that stems from the higher progesterone levels in the body. The increase of this hormone means your gums are more prone to irritation from plaque, which can lead to gingivitis.

What can you do to help maintain a healthy mouth and body during pregnancy? Start by:

  • Cleaning your teeth regularly, paying special attention to the gum line. This will drastically reduce the possibility for pregnancy gingivitis.
  • Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, which are high in necessary vitamins and minerals, instead of processed, sugary sweets.
  • Asking your dentist to recommend when you should schedule an appointment during your pregnancy.

Every mom wants to give their little one the best possible start in life. Luckily, a few preventive measures go a long way in maintaining your smile and your new baby's health, too. Your dentist at Oak Park Dental is prepared to provide personalized treatment during this special time that will ensure your good oral health and overall wellbeing.

We invite you to join our growing patient family and experience the difference exceptional dentistry and a relaxed environment make in your oral health. Our Madison general, family, cosmetic, and neuromuscular dentistry practice also serves patients from the surrounding communities of Middleton, Verona, Oregon, and Monona. Contact us to make an appointment with your local dentist in Madison today. We look forward to enhancing your life, health, and smile!

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