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Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Visit Your Dentist When You’re Expecting

Pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time in every expectant mother’s life, but it’s also a time fraught with worry and rules. Are you eating enough of the right things? Exercising too much, or maybe not enough? Were you supposed to eat that medium-rare hamburger last night, or was that bad for the growing baby? We know there is already so much to think about, but we don’t want you to forget about your teeth and gums!

It’s easy to overlook your mouth during pregnancy, but pregnancy can actually make oral health problems even worse, or even be the cause of new problems. Furthermore, your oral health can affect the oral health and overall health of your developing baby. That being said, it’s extremely important to keep up with your brushing and flossing, and to make it a point to visit with your dentist at least once during your pregnancy.

Some common dental problems that can arise during pregnancy include:

·      Plaque build up

·      Gingivitis

·      Periodontitis

·      Swollen and/or bleeding gums

·      “Pregnancy tumors”—non-cancerous growths that develop when swollen gums become irritated.

All of these conditions are uncomfortable, and all can take a toll on both your overall health and baby’s overall health. To ensure optimal health throughout your entire 9 months, continue to see your White Bear Lake dental team for complete dental health examinations and professional cleanings. Be sure to let us know that you’re expecting so that we can not only keep an eye out for any oral health changes, but also, so that we can accommodate any of your new and/or specific needs. Also, continue to keep up with your daily oral care at home, which should include brushing, flossing and rinsing. Eat a balanced diet, as always, and limit between-meal snacking.

At Lakeshore Family Dentistry, we believe in helping you and your loved ones maintain outstanding health in all areas of your life. And there is no better time to start letting us care for your little one’s smile than when they’re still in the womb. If you’re expecting and looking for a caring, trustworthy dental team in the White Bear Lake area for your family, give us a call at 651-429-3348 or visit http://www.lakeshorefamilydentist.com/ to schedule your checkup today!

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