It’s December, It’s Snowing & I Have a Point!

The snow fall this morning reminded me that last February the U.S. weather service recorded snow in all 50 states at the same time for the first time ever.  Many areas were not used to snowy roads, and other areas just had too much snow to deal with.  This caused many to stay inside for long periods of time.  Surprisingly enough, birth rates this fall have seen a dramatic rise. 

My assistant Brittney is home with her new son Domanik who was born October 17th.  She returns the week of December 13th, just in time for our hygienist Elizabeth to go on maternity leave for her first child.  So, we are experiencing first hand the boredom of last winter.  We have also had to deal with many patients who are pregnant this fall.  Which leads to the question: “Is it safe to have dental treatment during pregnancy?”

A recent study in The Journal of the American Dental Association has shown that routine dental treatment, including the use of dental anesthetics, is totally safe during pregnancy.  This has backed up previous studies which have allowed us to treat pregnant patients for many years. 

But here is a really amazing new finding.  Another recent study, reported in The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, reports that women who are free from gum disease have a much lower chance or having premature and low birth weight babies. 

The irony of this is that the hormonal changes which occur during pregnancy can actually heighten the chances of gum disease.  So, not only is it safe to maintain an excellent regimen of brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist and dental hygienist when you are expecting, but it can actually contribute to the health of your baby!

Another fact you should know is that your baby’s teeth begin to develop as early as the third month of pregnancy.  So, its important to make sure you and your baby receive the proper nutrients to ensure healthy development.  The nutrients especially important to the development of your baby’s teeth include calcium, protein, phosphorous and vitamins A, C and D. 

Let us know if you are pregnant.  We need to know if you are experiencing any problems with your pregnancy, if you have noticed any changes in your oral health, or if there are any changes in your medial history.  Also, please bring a list of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs you are taking.  We will then work with you to develop the best dental treatment for you during your pregnancy. 

The dental team of Dr. Bruce Sexton is here to help you in any way we can.  If you have any questions, concerns or problems please give us a call and we’ll be happy to guide you through this wonderful but sometimes overwhelming time in your life.

Next month I’ll write about what to do after the baby is born.

Thanks for Reading,

Dr Bruce

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