Be sure to let Dr. Bakken know you’re pregnant when you schedule your appointment. If you need to schedule an emergency visit, let the office know about your pregnancy before you arrive. Discuss any stresses, past miscarriages and drugs you are taking as these can will influence Dr. Bakken’s decisions on how to best attend to your needs.
Children’s teeth begin developing in the womb. Nutrition during pregnancy is important in the development of your child’s teeth and in keeping your teeth healthy. The mother’s diet should have adequate amounts of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C and vitamin D. It is also important to avoid certain medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics, as they can cause harm to the developing teeth of the embryo.
What Happening In Your Mouth
Many pregnant women experience “pregnancy gingivitis” that is caused when dental plaque builds up on the teeth and irritates the gums. Symptoms include red, inflamed and bleeding gums. Gingivitis occurs more frequently during pregnancy because the increased level of hormones exaggerates the way gums react to the irritants in plaque.
Keeping your teeth clean, especially near the gumline, will reduce or even prevent gingivitis during your pregnancy. Substituting sweets with more wholesome foods such as cheese, fresh fruits or vegetables is better for your teeth.
Recommend Professional Dental Care
If you are planning a pregnancy, try to arrange to have your dental needs taken care of prior to getting pregnant. If a trip to the Dr. Bakken’s office is needed while you are pregnant, it’s best to schedule your dental visit during the fourth to sixth month of your pregnancy. During the last trimester, stresses associated with dental visits can increase the incidence of prenatal complications.
At Home Healthy Oral Hygiene
During your pregnancy, your teeth and gums need special attention. Regular brushing and flossing, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly will help reduce dental problems that accompany pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, the best time to schedule a regular checkup is between 4 to 7 months in your pregnancy. Call (541) 289-1020 to schedule your appointment today.