Should You Have A Second Trimester Check-Up?
If you are wondering whether or not to see your Guildford Dentist this pregnancy, then the answer is an emphatic yes.
Increasingly, midwives are suggesting pregnant women make use of the maternity exemption certificates to get a free dental check-up. It is recommended this takes place in the second trimester as this is when any dental problems that may occur during pregnancy may appear and before they may become a problem.
There is a link between poor oral health and pre-term birth so it is essential you make sure you see a dentist during your pregnancy in order to clean up any problems that may be occurring.
Pregnant women are at increased risk of periodontal disease due to the excess hormones that are present in the body when pregnant. Progesterone can increase swelling and inflammation which makes people more susceptible to bacterial infection which can cause periodontal disease.
Often the first sign of this is bleeding gums, and women should speak to their dentist if they experience this anyway, and particularly in pregnancy.
There are a number of other problems that pregnant women can experience, for example dysgeusia is an issue for many, and causes women to taste food differently.
Follow these tips for top oral hygiene in pregnancy:
- Brush twice a day -this may be difficult if you are feeling sick
- Don’t ignore any bleeding
- Eat enough phosphorus, calcium and vitamin D
- Chew sugar free gum to deal with unpleasant tastes or sickness
- See your dentist at least once.