If you’re pregnant, you already understand what a hectic time of your life it can be. You might have thought that you’d spend this phase primarily resting, but a number of women find that between visits to the doctor’s office and the hospital and time spent baby-proofing the house and setting up the nursery, there seem to be too few hours in the day. As your oral healthcare provider, we’d be remiss not to recommend that you make sure visits to our office remain a regular part of your schedule; pregnancy is one of the most crucial times of your life to maintain tough dental health.

The following are a few inquiries we get about pregnancy and oral care:

Is it really secure to visit the dentist while I’m expectant?

Yes, and major organizations in both dentistry and other health fields recommend it. The American Dental Association (ADA), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all suggest dental treatment during pregnancy.

When should I let your office know that I’m pregnant?

If you are at our office and receiving services, please let us know if you are pregnant or think you are perhaps pregnant. We will use this data to adapt specific treatments and medication recommendations. If you understand that you have become pregnant, contact our office to schedule an appointment so we can form a customized service plan for you and your baby.

What can happen if I neglect my oral service during pregnancy?

If you’re not adamant about practicing good dental hygiene while you’re pregnant, you could develop or worsen disorders like pregnancy gingivitis, a type of periodontal disease that forms during pregnancy as you are eating higher-than-usual amounts of calories and raising your risk of gum inflammation and tenderness. You could also go the full nine months without noticing any major dental pain, but underlying disorders could be wreaking havoc on your teeth and affecting the health of your child.

Please play it safe during pregnancy and make dental visits a number one priority. We care about your welfare and the wellbeing of your child, and we’ll do all that we can to help you to have a safe pregnancy. Phone us at 979-279-8839 now to schedule your next checkup with Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. at Johnson Dentistry in Bryan, Texas.