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You’re expecting a baby? Congratulations! Amongst all the knowledge you may be in the midst of acquiring, one thing you may be surprised to learn is that your pregnancy can affect your oral health – and vice versa. Here are some important FAQs:

Q: What oral problems might appear during my pregnancy?

A: You’ve likely heard of gestational diabetes, but have you heard of gestational gingivitis? While you are pregnant, there is an increased risk that your mouth will experience plaque buildup and gum irritation, leading to red, inflamed and bleeding gums. This is because your higher hormone levels amplify your gums’ reaction to plaque irritants.

Q: What effects can my oral health have on my pregnancy?

A: Studies propose that there may be a connection between gum disease and premature, underweight births. Scientists theorize that this is because gum disease triggers higher levels of the biological fluids that bring on labor. More research needs to be done to confirm this link.

Q: What can I do to have a healthy baby and a healthy mouth?

A: If you plan to be pregnant, take care of any existing oral health concerns before you do so. If you already are, you’ll want to give special attention to your oral hygiene routine, eat a balanced diet, and visit your dentist regularly. It’s best to schedule your dental visit during your fourth to sixth month of pregnancy. That way, if there are any oral issues, Dr. Michael J. Conway will be able to catch them quickly and help you reverse its effects. And you won’t be so pregnant that you are uncomfortable in the dental chair.

Call Kenmore Dental in Kenmore, Washington, at 425-485-0588 to book your dental visit as soon as possible. Be sure to tell us that you are pregnant when you call to schedule the appointment so we can be prepared to help you accordingly. Thanks for stopping by!