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Pregnancy and Dental Health

Your dental health during pregnancy


Most women know that taking care of one’s health during pregnancy is very important.  Eating right, exercising and taking prenatal vitamins are just examples, but caring for the mouth is the one thing that most pregnant women take for granted.  Many people in our society still believe that giving birth means a woman will have bad teeth and gums.  There is even a saying “you loose a tooth for every baby.”  These beliefs are outdated.  Also they are a 100% wrong.


It is important to keep your mouth clean and therefore healthy during your pregnancy.  A healthy mouth means a healthy baby.  Research shows that pregnant women with dental carries and gum disease have a higher risk of complications during and after pregnancy.  The children of these mothers will a higher chance of acquiring dental decay and gum disease from their mothers.




Research have linked premature child births have been linked to gum disease.  Women with severe gum disease have seven times the risk of having a baby prematurely and having a low birth weight.  The possible reason is the body’s fight against the gum disease bacteria is so overwhelming that eventually induces early labor.




Scientists have found that women with extensive tooth decay have a greater risk of having children who will get cavities before the age of 5 years old.  Bacteria in the mouth are the cause cavities.  After birth, mothers transfer the cavity causing bacteria to their child.  The most common way is by kissing and sharing utensils.




Good news these problems are preventable.  Before you become pregnant visit your dentist for a complete dental exam.  This will assure you that you will get the proper dental treatment before your pregnancy.  Also you be on track for your regular visit while you are pregnant.




During your pregnancy, it is not only possible to have dental treatment but in the case of gum disease and cavities, it is a must.  It was said before that certain dental treatment can harm the fetus but this is not true.  It is harmful not to fix your dental problem than not to.  During the second trimester is the best time for any dental procedure.  It is safe for a dentist to perform: fillings, root canals, periodontal cleanings, extractions, x rays etc.



September 30, 2009

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It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.


Al P.




Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.


Molly F.




I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.


Debbie E.