At Davidson Dental Group we recognize the period of pregnancy as a monumental and life changing time in a woman's life. It requires special care for the health of both the mother and the baby. The aspect that must not be forgotten is preventive dentristy to help prevent gum disease and decay. Research shows that the risk of premature birth (and low birth weight? was it mentioned?)increases sevenfold when the mother struggles with dental disease or untreated inflammation. Due to the hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy, a woman's teeth are at a greater risk of disease than usual. This is due to changes in saliva pH, morning nausea and vomiting, and altered eating habits - all these factors mean that tooth decay can develop faster. The likelihood of inflamation in the mouth and gum disease is also increased. Lack of proper hygiene during pregnancy or avoiding visits to the dentist can cause the heath and appearance of teeth to suffer significantly. Additionally, the condition of the teeth not only affects the well - being of the future mother, but also of the baby developing in her womb. Therefore, it should be emphasized that pregnant women should visit a dentist- Dr.Elena Davidson- for routine dental checkups at least one time per trimester and shpould not avoid the dentist if a toothache or gum pain develop. The optimal solution is to prevent dental disease and treat it before you become pregnant. A woman who is planning motherhood should take care of her teeth and gums - just like she cares about other areas of her health. It is a common myth that during pregnancy, dental procedures should be performed without anesthesia. This is not true. A pregnant patient may and should receive anesthesia - selected according to the state in which she is located. The doctor, informed about the patient's pregnancy, will select the most appropriate preparation for the mother-to-be, reducing the risk of discomfort during the visit. Although there are opinions that tartar removal during pregnancy is not recommended, it is thanks to it that you can minimize the risk of gingivitis and caries symptoms. Dental plaque is a breeding ground for microorganisms that are the source of caries. When a mother is healthy and feels good and is not stressing about neglecting herself then the baby’s health risks are reduced significantly. So, to all the mothers, sisters, daughters, fathers and friends out there that know an expecting mother - please pass on the information. The Dentist is a partner in overall health maintenance and disease prevention and during pregnancy it’s more important than ever to keep connected. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Elena Davidson and the team at Davidson Dental Group in San Leandro , call or text 510-352-9212 or request an appointment online.
PREGNANT WOMEN ARE ALSO WELCOME ! When the mother is happy and healthy, the baby is also happy and healthy !