Pregnancy and Your Oral Health – Part 3
March 25, 2013
What You Need to Know – Dental X-rays and Food Choices
Current American Dental Association guidelines say it is more risky for a pregnant woman to postpone dental treatment than to have treatment. This is because dental disease that goes untreated during pregnancy can lead to greater problems later on. It may also lead to the transfer of bacteria that cause oral diseases to your child. In order to ensure your best dental care, at Boston Smile Center, we will take only the X-rays that are absolutely necessary to make a clinical diagnosis. At Boston Smile Center, we are equipped with the latest digital X-ray system, ensuring that the radiation exposure is the absolute minimum. We also use lead aprons with thyroid collar to help protect your and your fetus.
It is important to a eat nutritious, well-balanced diet. When you need a snack, choose foods that are nutritious for you and your unborn baby. What you eat during your pregnancy affects the growth of the fetus, including the their teeth. The baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of your pregnancy. For teeth to develop well, they need enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients – especially vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous. Your OB-GYN may recommend calcium supplements or other prenatal vitamins to you.
To Ensure a Healthy Mouth
- Brush and floss well and frequently after every meal or snack.
- Eat a balanced diet. If you snack, choose healthy foods low in sugar.
- Visit our dental hygienist at Boston Smile Center regularly for a professional cleaning and dental examination.
- Let Dr. Sasson know:
- if you have a high-risk pregnancy
- the month of pregnancy you are in
- if you are taking any medications
- any changes in your oral health such as swelling, redness, bleeding, sores, or inflammation in your mouth
- if you notice any loose teeth
We can work together to make sure you maintain optimal oral health before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Dr. Sasson’s goal at Boston Smile Center is for you to maintain a radiant and healthy smile for a lifetime!
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