Dental Care for Pregnant Women
During pregnancy, women may experience hormonal changes that impact their oral health. These changes can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and gingival growth. Increased vomitting from morning sickness can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel.
It is recommended that women have more regular teeth cleanings while pregnant to combat gingivitis (gum disease). Fortunately, many plans now allow extra cleanings while pregnant. This is particularly important because studies show that gum disease is connected to pre-term birth, low birthweight babies, and the development of pre-eclampsia.
Additionally, cavities should be treated promptly to reduce the chance of infection in the mother's bloodstream. Conditions like enamel erosion can be prevented through frequent brushing after vomiting or rinsing with baking soda (1 c water : 1 tsp baking soda).
Low income mothers may apply for the Maryland Healthy Smiles Pregnant Women & Children Program to receive free dental care while pregnant.