In today’s Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. I am Dr. Stephen Ratcliff and I want all expectant mothers in the Arlington TX area to realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body there are potential dental health issues that may arise.
Many Arlington TX women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.
Most Arlington TX residents have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy the hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.
If you are a pregnant Arlington TX woman, my staff and I at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.
If you are planning to become pregnant, it is a good idea to have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy please call and schedule an appointment at 817-274-7875. Untreated dental disease can effect your overall health.
At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant clients, we provide quality preventative family dentistry and Arlington TX dental implants for the entire family. Our Arlington area patients can expect professional family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St