Expecting a baby? Health Smile Centre’s treatment options for dental issues while pregnant

Are you or your partner expecting a baby? Congratulations!

The next few months are going to be a time of great joy for you both and while it may not seem like an important time for your teeth, it is.


Pregnant women are exposed to more than their fair share of medical professionals during and after pregnancy. While visiting your dental surgery for a check-up may not be at the top of your priority list, it is vital to keep a check on your oral health at this time. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can lead to a fair share of oral issues and it is extremely important for both you and your baby's health to ensure that your teeth and gums are in top shape.


At Healthy Smile Centre, the staff at our dentist in Mascot have the best preventive treatments available for pregnant women and can provide a relaxing environment during check-ups and procedures. Our team can also offer advice and provide either yourself or your partner with medicated mouthwashes and toothpaste, to help keep oral health issues under control.


But what issues does our dentist in Mascot treat frequently in our pregnant patients? Read on to find out.


Pregnancy gingivitis


Caused by raised levels of progesterone, pregnancy gingivitis can be extremely uncomfortable.


While our dentist in Mascotwill be able to provide you with an anti-gingivitis toothpaste and mouthwash to help manage this condition, you may also require an appointment with our hygienist.


Our hygienist will be able to help devise a targeted treatment plan to manage this condition, while also helping to resolve the causes via a scale and polish. This will help reduce the inflammation as it involves plaque removal and is a key step towards managing all forms of gingivitis.


Growths


Also known as pregnancy granulomas, these growths are typically harmless, but can be extremely uncomfortable and obstructive. Typically found on the upper gums, these red nodules can vary in size and usually resolve themselves once you or your partner have given birth. However, in the event that they are causing discomfort or are overly obstructive, our dental team will remove them. Using a numbing agent, we will remove the growth with a simple surgical incision.


It is worth noting that if this is your first pregnancy if you have any more children, the recurrence rate for pregnancy granulomas is fairly high. Regardless of how many children you plan to have, our team will also ensure that you or your partner have a happy and healthy pregnancy.


Acid erosion


It should come as no surprise that with morning sickness and unusual food cravings, acid erosion is fairly common during pregnancy.


While you will need to discuss treatment with your doctor to alleviate nausea and sickness, our team can provide you with a specific mouthwash and toothpaste, to help protect your enamel against acid damage.


Weakened enamel can lead to cavities and infections, so it is worth taking preventive measures to ensure your mouth stays healthy.


Disclaimer


All dental treatments carry potential risks. This article is not a substitute for a check-up with your dental practitioner.