In today’s William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts oral dental health in San Antonio. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we would like all expectant Texas mothers to realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body there are potential dental health issues that may arise.
Concerns For Dental Health in San Antonio
Many San Antonio women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.
Most San Antonio residents have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy the hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to severe gum disease.
If you are a pregnant woman, at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.
Scheduling a Consultation
If you are planning to become pregnant, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy, please call and schedule an appointment at 210-493-3040. Untreated diseases and concerns can affect your overall dental health in San Antonio.
At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients, we provide quality preventative care and sedation dentistry for the entire family. Our San Antonio patients can expect professional cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and cosmetic dentistry.