Gum Disease and Pregnancy
Santa Barbara Dentist’s Offices Advises Pregnant Women on Importance of Periodontal Care Before and During Pregnancy
Gum disease can be more common during pregnancy. Unfortunately, gum disease during pregnancy can present a number of challenges and can lead to premature delivery of your baby. Wherever possible, women planning to become pregnant who have signs of periodontal disease, should seek treatment before becoming pregnant. At our Santa Barbara dental office, we offer periodontal treatment. Even if you are pregnant, when gum disease symptoms are present, it’s wise to seek help from a dentist who can offer minimally invasive treatment options.
Pregnancy presents a unique set of challenges when it comes to oral care. Due to hormones, many pregnant women experience bleeding gums, often called pregnancy gingivitis. Women are advised against x-rays and other elements of a trip to the dentist that can prove challenging, particularly if there’s a dental problem, such as a toothache or infection. At Dr. Mark T. Weiser’s Santa Barbara dental office, we strive to meet the unique needs of every patient we see. If you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant, do mention it when you come in for an appointment.
Pre-Conception Dental Exams
Where possible, women planning to become pregnant can benefit from a dental checkup. X-rays, dealing with any issues such as loose fillings, or other dental problems should be addressed before pregnancy, if possible. Even if nothing seems wrong, by doing a routine dental checkup before pregnancy, you can put your mind at ease because the chance of dental emergencies will be reduced. At Dr. Weiser’s office, we also use digital imaging equipment, which means much less radiation and we offer a caring and comfortable customized approach for every patient.
Potential Risks of Periodontal Disease During Pregnancy
Pregnant women can be more susceptible to gum disease due to fluctuating hormones. Periodontal disease can put a woman at risk due to an ongoing active infection that enters the bloodstream. Premature birth and other potential problems could be related to gum health.
Santa Barbara Periodontal Treatment for Pregnant Women
Dr. Mark T. Weiser and his team can help you with pre-pregnancy exams, dental cleanings, and oral check-ups. Whether you’ve had symptoms of gum disease before pregnancy or are experiencing new symptoms, don’t delay; get your gum health assessed as soon as possible to help prevent it from having a negative impact on your pregnancy.
Call Dr. Weiser’s Santa Barbara cosmetic dentistry practice at (805) 899-3600 to book an appointment for a gum assessment or for help with pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease.