Congratulations! Finding out that you are expecting a little one is one of the most exciting times of your life. Over the next nine months, you are going to read, hear, and see all sorts of things that you’re “supposed” to be doing for the future health of your baby. Some of those things are better than others, but one item that shows up on most lists, but is often ignored, is for you to schedule a dental appointment.
We know what you’re thinking. Amidst all the other doctor appointments and pediatrician interviews and things you are doing to get ready for your sweet little one, why would you take time away from all of that to go to the dentist? The reasoning is actually very compelling. A dental appointment is an important factor in preparing for a healthy birth experience because of the risk of gum disease.
The Gum Disease Factor
Gum disease has been linked to preterm births, along with other health conditions like heart disease. About 80% of Americans will be diagnosed with gum disease at some point, so it’s important to maintain dental appointments every six months. This is especially true when you are pregnant because of the risk for preterm labor. A thorough dental cleaning is normally all that is necessary to remove the infection, so one dental cleaning and exam while pregnant is generally all you’ll need.
While you are growing your baby, it’s important to keep your own body healthy. While you exercise and watch what you eat, be sure you are also taking care of your teeth. Contact us today to set up an appointment. We can’t wait to see you and your bump very soon!