According to an Australian Dental Association (ADA) survey, 53% of Australian mums-to-be don’t visit the dentist while they are pregnant. We don’t have a local statistic for this in Joondalup, but we are concerned for a number of reasons.
Why Visits to the Dentist During Pregnancy are So Important
When you become pregnant, you are flooded with pregnancy-specific hormones. In addition, the balance of your other hormones is changed for the duration of the pregnancy. This changes your gums, making them softer and more prone to inflammation, swelling and bleeding.
This can create gum disease and eventually result in tooth loss. Statistics bear this out as gum diseases do increase during pregnancy. 38% of pregnant women were found to have experienced the three most common markers of gum disease: sensitive teeth, sensitive gums or bleeding gums.
Another problem is that morning sickness can cause permanent damage to your teeth due to your stomach acid covering your teeth. This potential damage includes tooth decay and enamel erosion.
Maintaining good oral health is important to general overall health and can even affect your unborn child’s health. If you are sure to brush, floss and visit the dentist during your pregnancy, you can avoid most tooth damage.
Dental Visits are Safe and Necessary
One reason many pregnant women don’t visit the dentist is because too many people think it isn’t safe to visit the dentist while pregnant. That is wrong, as it is completely safe to visit the dentist. You won’t be able to have sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry, just like you are not supposed to drink or smoke while pregnant. However, dental procedures and examinations are 100% safe and have no effect on an unborn child.
Call a Dentist in Joondalup Today
At 1300 Great Smile, we specialise in making our patients feel comfortable. Let us know you are pregnant and we will accommodate you in any way possible to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today:(08) 9404 9500