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If you are pregnant, the last thing you may be thinking of is you and your baby’s oral health. However, this plays a larger role than you may think. Here are some facts:

– Some pregnant women develop pregnancy gum disease in a similar fashion to gestational diabetes. This is because the hormonal changes that occur while you are pregnant can make your gums more sensitive and easily irritated, which is then irritated by the lack of oral hygiene or eating sugary foods.

– Make sure to avoid sugars and eat well-balanced nutritious meals for both you and your baby. The state of your mouth will affect the quality of food that your baby receives in the womb.

– Poor oral hygiene during a pregnancy has been associated with other health risks, such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and premature delivery.

– Remember to tell Dr. Gloria Stingley about your current health conditions, including what prenatal vitamins and medications you may be taking.

– You can still make standard visits to your dentist while you are pregnant, such as treatments for any oral emergencies or injuries you may have.

– While pregnant, please practice effective oral health care habits, like brushing twice daily and flossing once per day.

If you would like to know if you need additional dental work while pregnant, please book an oral exam with Dr. Gloria Stingley and our team at Carter-Rockbridge General Dentistry P.C. at our dentist office in Norcross, Georgia. Just call us at 770-662-5955. We can get you on the path to smiles for miles!