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Your pregnancy, whether current or imminent, and your oral health are inseparably intertwined. Do you have questions about how that works? Here are some answers:

Q: What oral problems might appear during my pregnancy?

A: Have you heard of pregnancy gingivitis? While you are pregnant, there is an increased risk that plaque will build up in your mouth and that your gums will be irritated, resulting in gingivitis. This is because your higher hormone levels amplify your gums’ response to plaque irritants. Symptoms include red, swollen gums that bleed easily.

Q: What effects can my oral health have on my pregnancy?

A: Studies suggest that there may be a correlation between gum disease and premature, underweight births. Scientists hypothesize that this is because gum disease triggers higher levels of the biological fluids that bring on labor. More research needs to be done to substantiate this claim.

Q: What can I do to have a healthy baby and a healthy mouth?

A: If you are not yet pregnant, take care of any existing oral health problems before you become so. If you already are pregnant, give special attention to your oral hygiene routine, eat a balanced diet, and visit your dentist regularly.

It’s best to book your dental visit during your fourth to sixth month of pregnancy. If there are any oral issues, Dr. Steven Rodriguez will be able to catch them quickly and help you turn their effects back in your favor. As a bonus, you won’t be so pregnant that you are uncomfortable in our dental chair.

You can call Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Flint in Flint, Michigan, at 810-720-6433 to book your appointment as soon as possible. Be sure to tell us that you are pregnant when you call to schedule the appointment so we can be ready to act accordingly. We’re here to serve.