Pregnancy is a special time. Without a doubt, you are taking the right steps to ensure that you have a healthy baby. However, many women are not aware that pregnancy presents special risks for their oral health.
Pregnancy increases blood flow to the gums. This increased supply of blood affects the harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease. As a result, many pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis, which is an early form of periodontal disease. This condition is characterized by red, swollen, bleeding, or shiny gums. This condition can often be improved by proper oral hygiene, but if left untreated, it can lead to more advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has also been linked to preterm births and low birth weights. If a pregnant woman notices symptoms of gingivitis, they should visit a dentist to receive treatment as soon as possible.
Oral tumors, called pregnancy tumors, can also develop in the mouth as the result of irritation from gingivitis and plaque. These tumors do not necessarily indicate an oral health problem and are usually harmless. However, it is important to get them checked to ensure that they are not a symptom of a more serious oral health issue.
If you are expecting, it is important to continue your routine examinations and cleanings with Dr. Zadeh, a leading Beverly Hills dentist. Dr. Zadeh has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry for over twenty five years. He will be glad to monitor your oral health and provide treatments as necessary.