Prof. Dr. Ali EKİZ

Prof. Dr. Ali EKİZ

Gynecology and Perinatology (Risky Pregnancy) Specialist

With over 15 years of professional experience, dozens of national and international research articles, and most importantly, his smiling face, Gynecology and Perinatology Specialist Prof. Dr. Ali EKİZ is with you.

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What are the Curiosities About Pregnancy and Dental Health?

What are the Curiosities About Pregnancy and Dental Health?

Pregnancy is known as a process that begins when a woman enters her pregnancy period and usually lasts for 40 weeks. During this period, many hormonal changes occur in the body and these changes affect dental health. During pregnancy, teeth and gums may face some risks due to hormonal changes as well as increased blood circulation and metabolic effects. In this article, we have compiled for you what you wonder about dental health during pregnancy. Details on the subject are with you in the rest of our article.

How Does Dental Health Affect Mother and Baby During Pregnancy?

Dental health during pregnancy can affect the health of the mother and the baby. It is especially important to pay attention to oral hygiene at this point, because hormonal changes increase the risk of sensitivity and inflammation in the gums of pregnant women. Gingivitis (gingivitis) and gum disease (periodontitis) are known to be common problems among pregnant women. Maintaining oral health during pregnancy is important for overall health. The reason of this; Gum problems can cause infections and spread throughout the body.

What Are the Risks Related to Dental Health During Pregnancy?

There may be some risks and problems related to dental health during pregnancy. We can list some of the risks related to dental health during pregnancy as follows:

• Gum diseases: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause sensitivity and inflammation in the gums. Gingivitis (gingivitis) and gum disease (periodontitis) are known to be common problems among pregnant women. gingivitis; It can cause swelling, redness, bleeding and sensitivity in the gums. Periodontitis occurs when the infection in the gums spreads to the tissues supporting the teeth and can lead to tooth loss.

• Dental caries: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause tooth enamel to become more sensitive and vulnerable to cavities. In addition, factors such as appetite changes and increased consumption of sugary snacks in pregnant women can increase the risk of tooth decay.

• Tumors of pregnancy: Rarely, growths or tumors may occur in the gums during pregnancy. These tumors are usually harmless but can sometimes cause discomfort and bleeding. Therefore, it is important to consult a dentist in such cases.

• Gastric acid effect: An increase in stomach acid levels occurs during pregnancy. Stomach acid can cause erosions in the mouth and erosion of tooth enamel. Especially women who experience pregnancy nausea and vomiting should take additional precautions to protect their teeth.

How Is Dental Treatment Performed During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, existing dental problems may worsen or new problems may arise. However, for many dental treatments, it is important to choose suitable times during pregnancy. As the ideal time for dental treatment, the second trimester (14-20 weeks) is known as a safer time for treatment.

To protect against these risks, it is important to have regular dental check-ups during pregnancy, to practice good oral hygiene, to eat healthy and to be in contact with your dentist.

What should be done to protect dental health during pregnancy?

Some precautions can be taken to protect dental health during pregnancy. We can list these measures as follows:

• Regular check-ups: It is useful to consult the dentist for dental check-ups when the pregnancy status is learned. Everyone should ideally have a dental checkup every 6 months, or at least once a year.

• Tooth cleaning: It is important to brush the teeth, use dental floss and mouthwash regularly during pregnancy. Tooth brushing should be done at least twice a day. While brushing teeth, it is also important to clean the gums by gently massaging them.

• Healthy nutrition: A balanced diet is important for the health of both the mother and the baby. Consumption of sugary and acidic foods should be limited. Focus more on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and protein sources.

• Precautions for emergencies: In case of sudden toothache or any other dental problem during pregnancy, it is necessary to consult a dentist immediately. Therefore, it may be necessary to take precautions for a possible emergency.

Can dental treatment be done during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, urgent interventions such as root canal treatment, tooth extraction, filling, use of anesthesia can be performed. Dental prosthesis, orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgeries and non-emergency treatments should be postponed until after pregnancy. However, it is ideal that all procedures, such as antibiotics to be used during pregnancy, should be done under communication and consultation with a perinatology specialist.

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