In today’s Duffield Dentistry blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. I am Dr. Larry Duffield and I want all expectant mothers in the Royal Oak 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 pregnant 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 Royal Oak 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. Dr. Larry Duffield offers periodontal treatment if you have gum disease.
If you are a pregnant woman in the Birmingham MI area, my staff and I at Duffield 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 family dentistry 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 (248) 541-1388. Untreated dental disease can affect your overall health.
At Duffield Dentistry we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant clients, we provide quality preventative care and sedation dentistry for the entire family. Our Royal Oak patients can expect professional restorative dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Larry Duffield
2009 Crooks Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan