Are you pregnant, or thinking about having a baby? Anyone that has been through this experience knows that there are a million things to think (and worry) about. Prenatal appointments become more and more frequent, and if there are complications, even more so. Meanwhile, you have a nursery to decorate, clothes to accumulate, your own baby shower to attend, thank you notes to write. Is a biannual dental checkup likely to be much of a concern? Probably not. However, your Farmington Hills female dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will tell you that you should try and squeeze your dental visits in, as fluctuating hormones during pregnancy can wreak havoc on your dental health.
Myths About Dental Health in Pregnancy
The American Dental Association (ADA) notes the old euphemism “a tooth lost for every child.” Is this founded in any reality? The fact is, calcium levels can be difficult to maintain in pregnancy, so at one time it was thought that your body gets creative and starts taking it from other areas, including your teeth. There is no compelling evidence to support this as fact, however. The crystalline form of calcium in the teeth does not translate to being helpful to pregnancy demands. The same is true of cavities. Though rumors and tales abound, the best guess for newly developed cavities in pregnancy is that food cravings and increased appetite can add to a higher risk for tooth decay.
Acid Erosion and Gum Disease
Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy. The worst part for women with severe nausea is the simple act of brushing one’s teeth can induce fits of heaving and vomiting. If you can’t even keep water down, there is a risk for acid erosion of teeth. If this is a problem for you, do your best to at least rinse with water between bouts of illness.
Gingival inflammation is the most obvious oral health issue directly related to pregnancy. Gum swelling is reported in as many as 60 to 75 percent of all pregnant women. Some might think that the challenges of pregnancy might be causing a lack of oral hygiene. In fact, more likely the gum disease issues that afflict women carrying babies have to do with hormonal and vascular changes. This makes dental checkups more important than ever.
Female Dentist in Farmington Hills
If you are in need of a dental checkup, your Farmington Hills female dentist would be happy to see you. To schedule an appointment, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.