Pregnancy Dental Care in Dubai

pregnancy dental care

Did you know that your baby’s teeth start developing between 3 and 6 months of pregnancy?

 

The mouth is a major gateway to the blood vessels and your digestive system. Therefore, it makes sense that your oral health is a good predictor and indicator of your overall health. Whether you are expecting a baby or not, good dental hygiene is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and research shows that a mother’s oral health status is very often a strong predictor of her child’s oral health status.

 

If possible, making sure you are up to date on your dental visits prior to getting pregnant is ideal, but even if you are newly pregnant, a visit to the Dentist for an oral exam and dental cleaning is not only perfectly safe, it is recommended.

 

We highly recommend that Mums-To-Be schedule regular Dental Appointments to ensure optimum pregnancy dental care in Dubai. At The DentalSPA in Dubai, we suggest an appointment when pregnancy is confirmed and preferably one appointment every trimester during the pregnancy.

Hormone Changes and Pregnancy Gingivitis

Pregnancy causes many hormonal changes which increases the risk of mums-to-be developing bleeding gums and gum disease also known as Pregnancy Gingivitis. Progesterone hormone levels are also high during pregnancy which might make expectant mothers more susceptible to developing the bacterial plaque that can attack your gums. In many research studies these oral problems have been linked to preeclampsia, low baby birth weight and premature birth.

 

Symptoms to watch out for include the following:

  • Swollen, tender or puffy gums
  • bleeding gums especially when brushing or flossing
  • receding gums
  • red gums
  • bad breath

Increased Risk of Tooth Decay

There are several reasons why women who are pregnant are more susceptible to tooth decay than normal besides increased hormone levels including diet and morning sickness.

 

A diet higher in carbohydrates can cause tooth decay and those women who experience significant morning sickness may result in more acid in the mouth than normal causing enamel erosion.

 

During Pregnancy, good oral hygiene including brushing twice a day and regular flossing, can be difficult for some women due to exhaustion, morning sickness, sore gums and even a heightened gag reflex, which is why regular visits to the Dentist and Dental Hygienist are not only important, but essential.

Pregnancy Tumors

Although not common, some pregnant women develop what’s known as Pregnancy Tumors on the gums. These tumors are not usually painful although they do bleed easily. Pregnancy tumors are benign which means they are not cancerous. They normally occur in the 2nd and 3rd trimester and only occur in approximately 10% of pregnant women. They can be removed, but most will disappear after delivery.

Dental Erosion

Many women suffer with morning sickness and vomiting due to the hormone increase in Pregnancy. Vomiting as a result of morning sickness can coat your teeth with stomach acid that can damage your teeth’s enamel which in turn can increase the chance of tooth erosion and decay.

 

It’s important to remember not to brush your teeth immediately after vomiting so as not to spread the acid around the teeth. Instead, rinse your mouth well with plain water and then follow up by rinsing with a mouth wash that contains fluoride.

Pregnancy Dental Care in Dubai

Are Dental checkups, cleanings and treatment safe during pregnancy?

Yes. If necessary, most dental work can be done while you are pregnant and generally, the 2nd trimester is the best time to have dental procedures such as root canals and fillings. Once you have informed your Dentist about your pregnancy, a treatment plan will be given based on findings. Dental X-rays and local anesthesia are generally safe during pregnancy. It is important that if you have cavities or gum disease, you get the dental treatment needed. Delaying or avoiding dental care can make problems worse.

 

We do recommend however, that all cosmetic dentistry treatments and other elective treatments should be postponed until after the birth.

Dental Tips for the Expectant Mother

During pregnancy we suggest the use of an extra soft brush and daily flossing.

 

Here are a few more Pregnancy dental tips for you to follow to ensure a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene during your pregnancy.

  • Brush your teeth a minimum of twice daily for a minimum of 2 minutes
  • Rinsing with an alcohol-free mouth wash at night
  • Floss daily
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet
  • Snack in moderation and limit sweets
  • If you suffer from morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water after vomiting to wash away acid
  • Visit our Dental Clinic at least twice for professional dental cleaning in Dubai and a dental exam during the pregnancy

 

Making sure your teeth and gums are in healthy condition should always be a priority and maintaining good oral health care during pregnancy is essential for expectant mothers.

 

At The DentalSPA, we pride ourselves in being a leading dental clinic in Dubai servicing both the local and expat community for over 14 years.

 

Our experienced team of Dental professionals will help you with suggestions and assess your current oral health before suggesting a dental treatment plan during your pregnancy. By taking good care of your teeth and gums, it can potentially make a huge difference for your baby, both before and after birth.

 

Book your appointment for Mum-to-Be Pregnancy Dental Care in Dubai or call us if you have any questions about dental treatment during pregnancy by calling our dental clinic reception team on +971 4 395 2005.

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