During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through various changes to ensure a baby has everything it needs for proper development. However, there are a plethora of health risks mothers may experience that can ultimately affect the health of their baby if left untreated. Some mothers may experience oral health issues as a result of natural bodily changes. For example:
If a mother experiences some or all of the examples listed above, it’s possible that the excessive bacteria in her mouth will enter her bloodstream through her gums and travel to the uterus. Once this happens, chemicals known as prostaglandins can cause premature labor.
Another way a mother’s oral health can affect her baby is through vertical transmission, which is when excessive acid-loving bacteria passes from the mother’s mouth to the newborn’s.
At McBride Dental, we offer a number of preventative care services to help mothers maintain optimal oral health. Our services include dental exams and deep cleanings, dental sealants, x-rays, and more. Our mission is to help protect the smile from cavities, periodontal disease, and any other oral health complication that could potentially be painful and expensive in the future. We also encourage mothers to do their best to maintain their oral health homecare regimen in between checkups. We advise to at least brush twice daily and floss once daily.
We understand that strong cravings occur during pregnancy, but we recommend eating healthy snacks, such as fruits and vegetables, to avoid growing superfluous acid-loving bacteria in the mouth. If you are in the San Diego area and are looking for a permanent dental office, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment today.