In today’s Marcos Ortega DDS blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your oral health. I am Dr. Marcos Ortega and I want all California expectant mothers 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 San Diego 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 San Diego 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 California woman my staff and I at Marcos Ortega DDS 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 619-295-4545. Untreated dental disease can effect your overall health.
At Marcos Ortega DDS we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant clients, we provide quality preventative care and Hillcrest dental implants for the entire family. Our San Diego patients can expect professional cosmetic and sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers and dental crowns, and Hillcrest cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Marcos Ortega
Marcos Ortega DDS
306 Walnut Ave, Ste 25
San Diego California