April 19, 2021
Pregnancy can bring a lot of excitement, yet uncertainty into one’s life. There are all sorts of things that need to be done to prepare. This includes caring for oral health needs. In fact, expectant mothers are more likely to develop certain oral health issues than the average person. Continue reading to learn why pregnant women are at higher risk of dental problems, risks associated with them, as well as some tips for pregnancy oral health in Anthem.
It isn’t all that uncommon for mothers-to-be to experience oral health issues while pregnant. Here are a few reasons why this is the case:
The oral health of a pregnant woman can affect the health of her child. When there is excessive bacterial growth due to an infection in the mouth, they can enter the blood stream and travel to the uterus. This can then trigger the production of chemicals called prostaglandins which are suspected to induce preterm labor. This is likely why there is a link between severe gum disease in pregnant woman and premature birth with low birth weight. Being born too early can cause a child to experience health issues.
If you’re expecting, be sure that you are taking the needed steps to keep your smile healthy throughout your pregnancy. By following the steps listed above, you can avoid oral health issues and set your little one up for success.
At Anthem Dentistry, you have not just one, but two skilled dentists. Dr. Connor Stevenson and Dr. Kenneth Williams earned their dental doctorates from the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Arizona. They are both members of the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Association. For more information on maintaining excellent oral health or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (623) 246-4741.