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Can Pregnancy Affect Oral Health? Marietta, GA
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While pregnancy is an exciting time of expectation for families, it brings a multitude of changes, from fluctuating hormonal levels to food aversions, nausea and morning sickness. Notably, these symptoms can negatively impact oral health, even if they subside following the first trimester. Thus, if you are expecting, here’s what you need to know about pregnancy and your oral health.

Perhaps you had a record of good oral care prior to your pregnancy. Yet, exhaustion and nausea have caused you to skip brushing or flossing here and there. Further, maybe the smell of your toothpaste makes you sick. In another case, suppose you are brushing and flossing normally, but you notice that your gums are sensitive and bleeding. It’s important to understand—changing hormonal levels leads to changes in gum tissues. Therefore, if gums appear red and irritated, or if they bleed during brushing, this is most likely pregnancy gingivitis. While common, this type of gingivitis shouldn’t be ignored. The key is keeping up with regular dental visits, along with consistent brushing (using a soft-bristled toothbrush) and flossing.

Meanwhile, if you are one of many women plagued with stomach issues and vomiting during pregnancy, dentists suggest rinsing with water after getting sick. During vomiting, stomach acids that come in contact with teeth can weaken and strip tooth enamel. This means that teeth are more susceptible to decay. Yet, a thorough rinse with water can help wash away remaining acids and bacteria that have settled on the surfaces of teeth.

Finally, if you’ve noticed what appears to be a small tumor or bubble along your gum line, this might be a pregnancy tumor. Though non-cancerous, these tumors are raw-looking and resemble a raspberry, according to MouthHealthy. In essence, they are overgrowths of tissue, and most likely the gum’s reaction to a build-up of plaque. Generally, pregnancy tumors disappear following the birth of the baby, but dentists can remove them if they become bothersome to the mother.

Pregnant? It’s Time To Amp Up Your Oral Health Routine

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we have devoted our practice to providing comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages, including our expecting mothers. Dr. Sanil Patel and the team understand that pregnancy is an important time to amp up your oral health routine, and we are here to help. To schedule your appointment, call Pure Smiles Dentistry today.

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

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    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

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    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

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    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

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    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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