Pregnancy Dental Examination in Hampstead, London

It’s very important to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible while you’re pregnant. Aim to visit your dentist for a pregnancy dental examination as soon as possible to ensure you are best prepared.

Good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and baby. Hormonal and appetite changes during pregnancy can also have a significant effect on oral health. There are many oral conditions associated with pregnancy, therefore taking good care of your teeth and gums is very important. Regular brushing, flossing, maintaining a balanced diet and visiting the dentist will help prevent any pregnancy dental problems that may occur throughout the duration of pregnancy.

Visiting The Dentist During Pregnancy

It’s very important to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible while you’re pregnant. The best way to prevent or deal with gum problems is to practise good oral hygiene.
When you visit our dentist they can give your teeth a thorough clean and give you advice about keeping your teeth clean at home.

Having Dental Treatment and Taking X-rays During Pregnancy

It is advisable to see your dentist before the pregnancy in order to carry out any outstanding treatment required. When you visit, ensure our dentist knows you’re pregnant.
You can discuss with the dentist whether any treatment should be delayed until after your baby is born.
If you need a dental X-ray, we will usually wait until you’ve had the baby, even though most dental X-rays don’t affect the abdomen or pelvic area.

Common Oral Conditions in Pregnancy

Pregnancy gingivitis

Studies show that the most common oral condition experienced by pregnant women is a form of gum disease known as pregnancy gingivitis. This consists of red, swollen and bleeding gums. Hormonal changes during this period exaggerate the way gums react to the build up of dental plaque on teeth. Therefore, the best way to prevent this is to brush and floss regularly to prevent the build up of plaque. Having regular hygiene visits will also help in maintaining healthy gums.

Enamel erosion

For some women morning sickness is a major symptom of pregnancy and can be very distressing. Stomach acids from frequent and excessive vomiting can soften the surfaces on the teeth. It is therefore important not to brush right away after vomiting, as it will brush away the softened tooth surface. Rinse your mouth with plain water after each time you vomit.

Pregnancy granulomas

These are small red swellings on the gum line that can occur during pregnancy. They often disappear after the baby is born. They are not harmful, but If the swellings are painful or cause speech problems you may need to seek the advice of your dentist in order to get them removed.

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