It is recommended to visit a dentist when you are pregnant. This is essential because during pregnancy most hormones circulate in your body and can affect your gums. Your gums will often bleed and stand a chance of being infected. Your teeth can also get damaged when you have gum infection and also plague on your teeth can build up and therefore you need to have thorough teeth cleaning to keep your dental hygiene safe. You should also ask the dentist for safe brushes and toothpaste to use during pregnancy.
Preventing Dental Works
Preventing dental works during pregnancy period is important as it enables one to prevent oral infections like gum disease which has been linked to preterm birth. Dental works such as crown and cavity fillings need treatment to reduce the chances of infection. The 2nd trimester is usually ideal for any dental work, however, once you reach 3rd trimester, it can be very difficult to lie on your back for a given period of time. It is therefore, safe to postpone all the unnecessary dental work during the 3rd trimester until the baby is born.
Losing teeth is not only bad for your self esteem but has also been linked to heart disease. The heart disease risk factors are obesity, diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure.
In a recent study, 16,000 people were analyzed to determine the association of tooth loss and heart disease. The population being derived from 39 countries provided information regarding the teeth they had remaining, and how frequent they experienced bleeding gums. Up to 40% of the sample population had less than 15 teeth while 16 % had no teeth, and 25% reported of bleeding gums.
For every individual who reported a decrease in their teeth, it was noted that they had high levels of a harmful enzyme linked to hardening and inflammation of the arteries. It was also found that fewer teeth also led to an increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, bad cholesterol levels and waist size.
Individuals with few teeth were found to have a high risk of diabetes with an 11 percent increase in the risk for every decrease in the teeth. Former or current smokers were also found to experience tooth loss which consequently increased the risk of a heart attack. Bleeding gums were also linked to high blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels.