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Most pregnant women recognize how important their own health is for their baby’s health, but many ignore a critical component – their oral health. Just like the rest of the body, a woman’s mouth experiences changes during her pregnancy that require the guidance of an oral health professional. Dentists can help keep a woman and her baby healthy.
A dental check-up in the first trimester of pregnancy is an important chance for an oral health professional to clean and examine an expectant mother’s mouth, and identify any concerns that need to be addressed related to their health or the health of their baby.
During pregnancy, women may experience the following conditions that directly impact oral health.
Keep these oral health tips in mind during pregnancy:
Most importantly, pregnant women should let their dentist know they are pregnant, so that she or he can schedule dental work accordingly. If dental work is needed beyond a routine cleaning and exam, it is safest to have it done during the second trimester, especially if it requires the use of a topical or local anesthetic. Pregnant women should discuss any concerns with their dentist.
A dentist can help identify and treat teeth and gum problems, lowering the risk for more serious, ongoing health problems for an expectant mother and her baby. Pregnant women should remember their oral health in their daily routine and talk to their dentist or obstetrician if they experience changes to oral health during pregnancy.
Share our video and these tips with any expecting women in your life to help them understand why maintaining good oral health is important, especially during pregnancy.
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*All TruAssure dental plans, other than Basic and Preferred dental plans, are offered in association with the DenteMax Plus dental network arrangement, which includes participating dentists from the United Concordia, DenteMax and Connection dental networks in all states but North Carolina, where the DenteMax Plus network arrangement includes DenteMax and Connection dental networks. TruAssure Basic and Preferred dental plans are offered in association with the DenteMax dental network.
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