The good health of the pregnant woman is essential for the correct development of the baby during the process of pregnancy and lactation. In addition to the corresponding medical tests, the future mother must also take care of her dental health. This has been determined by the experts of the College
The good health of the pregnant woman is essential for the correct development of the baby during the process of pregnancy and lactation. In addition to the corresponding medical tests, the future mother must also take care of her dental health.
This has been determined by the experts of the College of Dentists and Stomatologists of Valencia in the First Campaign of Oral Health and Pregnancy, which seeks to inform pregnant women of the importance of going to the dentist.
Visiting the dentist during pregnancy
During pregnancy, the hormonal changes that the woman suffers also affect her oral health. The increase of estrogens and progestagens, create a favorable environment for decay and gingivitis to appear, since the blood supply of the tissues of the mouth becomes more sensitive to external agents.
For that reason, Doctor Enrique Llobell, president of the College of Dentists and Stomatologists, recommends that the future mother visit the dentist at least twice, especially the third and sixth months of pregnancy.
If there are cases of urgency, such as infections, decay or other periodontal diseases, the expert assures that there is no problem in going to the dentist immediately, since the dental treatments do not involve risks for the baby or the mother.
The dentist after the birth
Once the pregnancy comes to an end and birth occurs, dental health should not be neglected, neither in the mother nor in the newborn. Mothers should be careful not to contaminate with their saliva the baby's pacifiers, bottles and spoons, since this fluid contains bacteria. According to the guide published in the Campaign for Oral Health and Pregnancy,
children also require dental care. Therefore, once the first pieces come out, they should be cleaned with a pediatric brush or gauze after meals and once a year is completed, go to the dentist for the first time. In addition, experts advise against leaving the baby lying down with a bottle, unless it contains water. Sources: Oral Health and Pregnancy Guide