Dental Care for Pregnant Women

 

Teeth Tips for Pregnant Women

It’s important to take proper care of your teeth and gums through every stage of your life, especially during pregnancy. While a woman is pregnant, there are many hormonal changes that occur, raising the risk for gum disease and other problems. This can not only be damaging to your health, but the health of your baby as well. Take the best care of your teeth during this critical time to prevent more serious health problems.

 

Before Pregnancy

 

 

If you are planning on getting pregnant soon, make sure you are up to date on your dental appointments. You should be going in to get your teeth examined and cleaned at least once every six months. These appointments are a great time to check for any oral health related problems, stopping them before they have the chance to take root.

 

During Pregnancy

 

There are a few different steps to follow once you are pregnant as far as dental care goes. Follow these guides to help insure your teeth, gums, and baby will remain healthy during and after pregnancy:

 

  • Let your dentist know when you are pregnant. All dental treatments should be avoided if possible, excluding a simple checkup, during the first trimester and the last half of the third trimester. These time periods are crucial for the growth and development of your baby.
  • Avoid any procedures that could interfere with health of your baby. This includes optional dental work that can be delayed till later.
  • Avoid taking a dental x-ray during the whole of your pregnancy. Extreme caution must be taken if an emergency situation demands a dental x-ray. While x-ray technology has greatly advanced, making it safer than ever, it is still best to avoid unless absolutely necessary.
  • Make sure you schedule and keep your regular dental appointments while you are pregnant. In this way your dentist will help you monitor gum problems that can result from hormonal changes during pregnancy.
  • Those who experience morning sickness may find it difficult to brush their teeth in the morning, but this important routine cannot be forgotten. Switch to a more neutral flavored toothpaste that will not bring such a strong reaction.

Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy becomes more critical for both you and your baby. If you experience any gum irritation or problems during the course of your pregnancy, see your dentist immediately. Catching the potential of gum disease early on will prevent larger problems from arising later down the road.


Veneers FAQ

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In the past few years porcelain veneers have become an increasingly popular means for correcting aesthetic dental problems. While more and more people have used these methods for their smile, there are still some confusions that are present with some. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about veneers, and their answers.

 

What are Veneers?

 

Porcelain veneers are thin yet strong shells that can be placed directly on the tooth. They are custom designed to fit the contours of your teeth, giving a more natural appearance. They are bonded only to the front side of the natural teeth.

 

How are Veneers Created?

 

There is a difference between composite and porcelain veneers. The stronger of the two, porcelain, is what we use at Dr. Thomas’s office. These are created by dental technicians in a laboratory designed from a mold of each tooth.

 

What Problems Can Be Solved By Veneers?

 

There are a few different problems that can be solved by veneers. Some of the most common of these include chips and cracks in the teeth, tooth discoloration, worn down tooth enamel, and uneven tooth spacing. Talk with Dr. Thomas to see if any of these problems will most effectively be solved with veneers.

 

What Are the Benefits of Veneers?

 

There are many benefits that can come with veneers, most noticeably a more aesthetically pleasing look than damaged teeth. In addition to this, veneers will provide  a protection for the already damaged teeth, preventing further damage. This may help to avoid the need of more advanced treatments such as crowns. Veneers will also be durable beyond the teeth you have, keeping your smile healthy for longer.

 

How Much Will Veneers Cost?

 

There is some variation as to how much veneers will cost. The process used to create each shell is long, using advanced dental technology. Depending on how many teeth you are planning on getting corrected, your total cost may vary. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Thomas to get a better grasp on the cost and payment plans that may be available to you.

 

How Long Will Veneers Last?

Like all dental work, porcelain veneers will not last forever. The better care you take of the veneers, the longer they will last. Brush, floss, and don’t treat your teeth as multipurpose tools for the best results. If you do this, your veneers can last up to twenty years, at which point you will need to get them replaced.