Dentist Melek Öztaş from Hospitadent Dental Hospital said that bacterial plaque accumulation on the teeth increases due to increased estrogen and progesterone levels during pregnancy and that if this plaque is not removed from the teeth during pregnancy, redness, swelling and bleeding can be seen in the gums. highlighted the need for more attention.
Dental care should not be neglected
Especially in the first months of pregnancy, due to nausea and vomiting, the acidic environment in the mouth increases, saliva flow decreases, In addition, in the first months of pregnancy, expectant mothers may be overly interested in some foods such as carbohydrates, Dt. Öztaş, “In addition, because expectant mothers eat very often and neglect their oral and dental care after meals, gum problems and caries formation accelerate. Therefore, teeth must be brushed after meals.” said
Do not believe false information
In public “Every pregnancy is a Takes teeth” , “Do not go to the dentist while pregnant” , “Baby gets calcium from the mother’s teeth” Emphasizing that information should never be believed, Dt. Öztaş said, “This information is absolutely not true. Caries formation, progression of caries, gum problems are due to the fact that the pregnancy period is a very sensitive period, only oral and dental care should be taken more carefully during this period. needs to be done.” said
When should expectant mothers go to the dentist
Saying that toothache at the age of 20 may be caused by joints, albeit rarely, Dt. Öztaş, “The advice of dentists and obstetricians to expectant mothers is to have all oral and dental care done before getting pregnant. The approach of dentists for dental problems is to postpone the treatments that can be postponed in pregnant patients until after the birth. Ideally, it is most appropriate to carry out dental treatments in the 2nd trimester between the 4th and 6th months of the new pregnancy. Because the baby’s organ development occurs in the first 3 months. In the last 3 months, the increasing body The expectant mother will not be able to sit in the dentist’s chair together with the mass, but apart from these, the patient who comes with pain should consult the obstetrician regardless of the trimester. Treatment planning can be made upon request. Only during this period, radiographs are not taken from the expectant mother, but old radiographs, if any, are evaluated. said.
If you have a toothache while pregnant
Explaining what to do in the face of dental problems faced by expectant mothers, Dt. Öztaş spoke as follows on the subject:
“If the expectant mother suddenly has a toothache, it is an indication that the nerve of the tooth is affected, and in this case, root canal treatment will be required. It should be for once and consult with an obstetrician. Root canal treatment can be performed under anesthesia, provided that gingival problems can be intervened in every month of pregnancy. Impacted wisdom teeth usually cause pain and pass into the passive period again as a result of an acute exacerbation. After the examination of the dentist, the treatment can be postponed until after birth. For joint problems, a detailed examination can be performed. The night plate or splint that will be given to the patient after the examination will solve the patient’s problems, those who complain of joint pain can be treated in every month of pregnancy.