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Five Tips for Safe and Effective Dental Care during Pregnancy

Woman having her teeth examinedUnderstandably, women are very focused on protecting their own health and that of their growing child when they are pregnant. General dentistry services to preserve the health of the teeth and gums is not only perfectly safe during this time, but can also be of great benefit to both mother and child. However, Dr. Timothy Messer understands the concerns many patients have about dental care and pregnancy. Here, he provides five tips that will help to ensure the safety and effectiveness of professional dental care throughout pregnancy. To learn more about dental care and pregnancy, contact our Memphis practice.

1. Maintain Routine Exams and Cleanings

Pregnancy can be a time of fun, excitement, and plenty of doctor’s appointments - not to mention a lack of good sleep and a general feeling of fatigue. Given these conditions, it can be easy to see why women may choose to save themselves some time and cancel their regular dental exam or cleaning. However, these routine appointments are extremely beneficial to a patient’s oral health and good oral health can help to promote a healthy, full-term pregnancy. So, as tired as our pregnant patients may be, Dr. Messer urges women to maintain a regular routine of dental exams and cleanings throughout pregnancy.

2. Pay Close Attention to the Gums

When most people think of a healthy smile, they often envision strong, white teeth. However, the teeth are not the only reflection of oral health. The gums are the foundation of the teeth and need to be appropriately cared for, especially during pregnancy. The gums should be light pink and free of swelling or tenderness. Dark red gums, those that bleed during brushing or flossing, or those that are tender to the touch may be an indication of gum disease. During pregnancy, women have an increased risk of developing gum disease, so it is very important to monitor gum health during this time. Gum disease has also been linked to low birth weights and early delivery, so if symptoms of gum disease do develop, patients should see Dr. Messer as soon as possible.

3. Schedule Necessary Dental Work

If dental problems such as tooth decay or gum disease do develop during pregnancy, it is important to schedule the necessary restorative care. Restorative dental treatment is safe for pregnant women and can be greatly beneficial to a patient’s oral health and well being. Dr. Messer will always take great care to ensure the absolute safety of all dental treatments, especially when working with pregnant patients.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for What you Need

We understand that comfort can be a major concern for pregnant women. Sitting through lengthy dental appointments, especially toward the end of pregnancy, can put a strain on the body. Patient comfort is one of our top priorities, so don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Whether that be an extra pillow, a glass of water, or a break to stretch your legs, Dr. Messer is happy to accommodate his patients.

5. Avoid Elective Cosmetic Treatments

Cosmetic dental treatment is very safe and rarely results in complications or side effects. Still, Dr. Messer always prefers to err on the side of caution, so we advise patients to avoid elective cosmetic dentistry treatments until after delivery.

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We’d be happy to answer any additional questions you may have in regards to dental care during pregnancy. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our full range of dental services and our recommended treatment plan for pregnant patients. We look forward to hearing from you.

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I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.

-Meredith Page B.