New Survey Finds 4 out of 10 Pregnant Women Skipping Crucial Health Step
If expecting women in Wisconsin are anything like their national counterparts, roughly 42.5 percent of them are not visiting their dentist, according to Delta Dental’s new survey. Oral health may not be top of mind for women when preparing for a new baby.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, we suggest visiting the dentist for a routine examination, cleaning, and to receive guidance about specific oral health issues that may occur during pregnancy. Ask your dentist if you experience any of the following issues and concerns:
- Why do my gums bleed more easily?
- “Pregnancy gingivitis” may affect women during pregnancy due to increased hormones.
- To help prevent a build-up of plaque, brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least daily, paying special attention to cleaning along and just below the gum line.
- What is the red lump that has developed along my gumline?
- “Pregnancy tumors” are somewhat rare red growths of gum tissue that can form on the gums between the teeth as a result of excess plaque, usually during the second trimester of pregnancy.
- Don’t worry too much. Although they may bleed when irritated, these are benign and harmless, and usually subside on their own after the baby is born.
- Can I receive routine or emergency dental care during my pregnancy?
- Dental care is safe and essential throughout pregnancy. There is no reason to defer preventive or other routine dental procedures. Likewise, emergency care can be provided at any time during your pregnancy.
- If a dental emergency arises, be sure to let your dentist know that you are pregnant. He or she will know what precautions need to be taken to resolve your dental problem.
- Elective procedures like tooth whitening or other cosmetic work should be delayed until after the baby is delivered.
Expectant mothers have a lot going on during this exciting time in their lives. However, making a routine trip to the dentist is one we hope you don’t skip. To learn more about dental care during pregnancy, as well as tips to protect a baby’s oral health, visit Delta Dental’s pregnancy resource.
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