Oral Health And Pregnancy: All You Need To Know [Infographic]

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Effective dental care is important to sustain good oral and general health, especially for pregnant women. Taking care of your oral health during pregnancy is just as important as taking care of your body. This will ensure a healthy pregnancy without any complications. It will also help keep common dental problems away.

Below, we have provided you with an overview of everything you need to know about pregnancy and dental health; right from how it impacts your oral and general health and what treatment options are available for dental pain and infections during pregnancy.

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1] How does pregnancy affect your dental health?

Oral health during pregnancy is considered an integral part of prenatal care. If precautions are not taken, it might result in poor health outcomes for the baby and the mother. Pregnancy also leads to various changes in the body, which can affect their dental health and lead to cavities, tooth decay and bleeding gums.

For instance, there is an increase in the level of hormones such as progesterone and estrogen in the body during pregnancy. This can increase the risk of toothache during pregnancy caused by various factors such as abscess tooth, gum disease, impacted tooth and more.

Aggravated by the fluctuations in the hormones during pregnancy, nearly 60 to 75% of pregnant women suffer from an early stage of periodontal disease like gingivitis – wherein gums become red and swollen from inflammation. If not treated, the bone that supports the teeth may be lost, and the gums can be infected. The teeth with lesser bone support would eventually become loose and may need extraction. 

  • Pregnant women are known to experience pregnancy gingivitis and tooth decay in addition to gingival tissue ulcerations, pregnancy granuloma, pre-eclampsia, loose teeth, mouth dryness, and dental erosions owing to poor oral health. 
  • They are also at the risk of cavities, owing to changes in hormones as well as eating habits. 
  • Their eating habits are prone to change during pregnancy, as a result of which they may crave and consume certain foods that may affect their dental health. 
  • They may floss and brush their teeth with less frequency than before because of tender gums or fatigue. 
  • For some pregnant women, brushing and flossing might also cause nausea.

2] Why is oral health important during pregnancy?

Given below are a few reasons to prove the importance of oral health during pregnancy

  • Bad oral health in pregnant women may lead to premature delivery.
  • It can also lead to low birth weight, which can further cause multiple health issues in the baby.
  • With insufficient oral hygiene, the expectant mother is also at a risk of developing pregnancy granuloma – a non-cancerous tumour developed on the skin or mucous membrane. 
  • Having a lot of cavity-causing bacteria while pregnant could cause these bacteria to transmit to the baby after delivery.
  • Changes in eating habits can lead to a further increase in pregnancy hormones, which may lead to problems like gingivitis.
  • Issues in oral health could lead to dental erosions, mouth dryness and loose teeth as well.

3] Are dental X-rays safe during pregnancy?

Undergoing dental x-rays while pregnant is safe as only a small amount of radiation is used. The dentist will cover you with a special apron and collar to protect you and your baby. Inform the dentist of your pregnancy before the dental X-ray. In most cases, dental x-rays are a part of routine dental check-ups and help diagnose problems related to the teeth, gums and supporting bones.

Read this blog to learn more about dental x-rays, the different types available, how safe they are and alternate options to dental x-rays.

4] How are dental problems treated during pregnancy?

If you are suffering from a dental problem that requires treatment, you must inform the dentist of your pregnancy or the fact that you’re planning to get pregnant. Depending on the condition, the dentist will recommend appropriate treatments. 

During pregnancy, dental problems are treated through:

  • Medication such as pain relievers and antibiotics to treat infections 

 Prenatal dental care is just as important as other medical check-ups. Depending on the type of dental problem and infection, the dentist will prescribe medications that are safe for you as well as your baby. It is important to note that while dental treatments can be administered at any time, the best time to undergo elective dental treatment during pregnancy is the second trimester (14 to 20 weeks). In the second trimester, the fetal organs are mostly developed, and the risks of any side effects are also lower. 

For dental infections that cause major discomfort and pain, you need to visit a dental clinic immediately.

  • Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia administered by a medical practitioner is safe to use during pregnancy. Local anaesthesia may be used for dental filling or tooth extraction. You can undergo dental treatment at any time during pregnancy. However, if it is an elective treatment; a treatment you don’t require immediately, try to schedule it during the second trimester of your pregnancy. 

5] What can pregnant women do to prevent dental problems? 

As a pregnant woman, here is how you can keep your gums and teeth healthy: 

  • Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste 

Use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth twice a day with a toothbrush having soft bristles. Brushing twice a day and flossing once can remove plaque and ensure your teeth and gums remains healthy. 

  • Use antacids or rinse your mouth if brushing makes you nauseous

If brushing makes you nauseous, you can rinse your mouth to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth. Antacids, on the other hand, are medicines that help neutralize stomach acid and can be bought over the counter in consultation with your prenatal care provider. 

  • Visit your dentist for a regular oral health check-up

Ensure you visit your dentist every six months (even during pregnancy) to enjoy optimal oral health and to avail treatment in case of dental health issues. Read this blog to understand the importance of visiting a dentist every 6 months.

  • Eat healthily 

Limit your sugar intake and ensure to eat healthy food for improved dental as well as overall health. Healthy foods include fruits and vegetables, whole-grain bread, lean meat, and dairy products. It is also essential to consume nutrients such as calcium, protein, and vitamins A, C, and D to ensure your baby’s teeth are healthy. 

Conclusion

Oral health and pregnancy go hand in hand and a pregnant woman must take care of her oral health to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. 

These tips will help you get through the very basic steps of regular dental care that you must follow during pregnancy. Owing to the fluctuation of hormones and changes in eating habits, pregnant women might suffer from compromised and weak dental immunity, which needs to be taken care of via thorough dental check-ups and an effective dental routine. 

Need more information on oral health during pregnancy? Or have any queries? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team will be happy to assist you!

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Minyama QLD 4575, Australia

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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)

Adarsh

Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)

Prachi

Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)

Davina

Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!

 

Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.

    Briar

    Briar

    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.

    Drew

    Drew

    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.

    Jasmine

    Jasmine

    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!

    Brooke

    Brooke

    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.