Healthy Pregnancies Depend on Good Oral Health
Whether it’s your first or fifth child, pregnancy is both an exciting and overwhelming time for most moms-to-be. It’s important to take great care of yourself in order to take the best care of your baby, and dental care is no exception.
During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes that can make you more likely to experience problems with your oral health1. While the majority of women do not visit the dentist during pregnancy2, this an especially important time to make sure your mouth, teeth and gums are healthy.
Gum disease linked to prematurity and low birth weight
Pregnancy can increase your risk of developing gum disease, which research links to both low birth weight and premature babies1. Fortunately, these complications can be reduced through early detection and treatment with your dentist3.
Infographic: Gum Disease During Pregnancy
Other oral health conditions
Hormone changes and increased blood volume associated with pregnancy can also contribute to a range of other oral health conditions, such as dry mouth and sensitive teeth. Also, morning sickness can expose your mouth to higher levels of acid, which can wear away tooth enamel and lead to cavities4.
The following symptoms are associated with one or more pregnancy-related oral health condition1. Alert your dentist if you experience any of the following:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Easily bleeding gums
- Pain or trouble chewing
- Abnormal teeth sensitivity
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or growths
Good oral health for a healthy pregnancy
The best way to keep your mouth healthy and prevent oral health conditions during pregnancy is through proper preventive dental care. This includes seeing your dentist regularly and taking extra good care of your mouth at home.
Your benefits with United Concordia Dental
To help prevent – as well as control – gum disease during pregnancy, most United Concordia plans include improved benefits to help make periodontal services more affordable. This added benefit provides one additional dental cleaning and other periodontal services during pregnancy.
Dental health during pregnancy; March of Dimes, January 2013.
Oral health during pregnancy; Journal of American Dental Association; 2001
Periodontal Therapy Reduces the Rate of Preterm Low Birth Weight in Women With Pregnancy-Associated Gingivitis; Journal of Periodontology; November 2005
Pregnancy Dental Concerns; American Dental Association; 2016