Are you expecting a bundle of joy in 2015? You may be hesitant to go visit the dentist, but Midway Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alpharetta wants to remind you not only is it okay to see a dentist while pregnant, it’s recommended!

We’ve known for many years that inflammation anywhere in the body, including the gums, results in increased levels of certain hormones and inflammatory molecules in the bloodstream. Several studies suggest that these hormones and inflammatory molecules trigger contractions in the uterine wall, leading to premature birth. Premature birth, particularly at a low birth weight, presents a number of other problems for mother and child.

Morning sickness: The acidity of vomit can erode the enamel on your teeth, and create buildup of damaging particulates in your teeth. If you have the misfortune of regular morning sickness, rinse your teeth with a mixture of baking soda and water. This will remove buildup and alleviate some of the acidity from the vomit.

Mouth wash: Regardless of whether you are trying to or not, you will swallow small amounts of your mouthwash. Alcohol can affect your gestating baby. Use an anti-microbial, alcohol-free mouthwash.

Brushing: Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is crucial when you are pregnant. This will peel away any buildup that you have on your teeth, and help create a shield against future buildup. Swallowing large amounts of plaque or bacterial buildup can and will affect the gestation of the fetus, and can cause certain complications.

Continue regular dental visits during pregnancy: If you have any issues, please call Midway Dentistry. We will be able to diagnose and treat any oral health issues you may be having.

Expectant mothers should practice meticulous oral hygiene at home and continue to receive regular professional cleanings during pregnancy. Call Midway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your appointment at 678-393-1868. Our office is conveniently located at 4928 Atlanta Hwy. Alpharetta, GA 30004.  Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook.

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