Is it ok to visit the dentist during pregnancy?


Dentistry During Pregnancy

Question: I am three months pregnant, and my gums feel a little bit sore. Should I put off going to the dentist until after my child is born?

Answer: During pregnancy, many women experience increased sensitivity and puffiness of the gums. Pregnancy causes an alteration in the estrogen and progesterone levels that, when coupled with plaque that is present in the mouth, can cause an exaggerated form of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). In some cases, the infected gum can form a benign growth, called a pregnancy tumor. The pregnancy tumor does not usually require treatment, and resolves after the child is born. Professional dental cleanings twice during your pregnancy, as well as frequent daily brushing (3 times a day) and flossing will greatly reduce gum swelling, sensitivity, and the risk of pregnancy tumor.

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Canker and Cold Sores

Canker sores and cold sores are quite common. Twenty percent of the population suffers with cancer sores while, 20-30% of the population suffers from cold sores.

Many confuse canker sores with cold sores. This can be a huge mistake, as how you treat cold sores is entirely different from how you successfully deal with cancer sores.

Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are those unsightly lip blisters that cause people pain and social embarrassment. The herpes virus causes them. They begin as fluid blisters on the side of the lips or mouth that burst and then scab over. Rarely do they occur on the inside of the mouth where they appear on bound (non-moveable) sections of the mouth such as the roof.

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