During pregnancy, women may experience hormonal changes that impact their oral health. These changes can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and gingival growth. Increased vomiting from morning sickness can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel. Pregnancy gingivitis can lead to sore and bleeding gums.
Due to heightened risk it is recommended that women have more regular teeth cleanings while pregnant to combat gingivitis (gum disease) and other dental diseases. Fortunately, many plans now allow extra cleanings while pregnant. This is particularly important because studies show that gum disease is connected to pre-term births, low birthweight babies, and the development of pre-eclampsia.
Programs for Pregnant Women
As you know dental care is extremely important, especially during pregnancy. Many dental insurance plans allow for additional benefits during pregnancy. Common procedures that pregnant women need are cleanings, periodontal scaling & root planing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Because your dental health contributes to your systemic health, it is important to eliminate inflammation caused by dental ailments.
Low Income pregnant woman can enroll in the Maryland Healthy Smiles Program, which provides free dental care including cleanings, gum treatments, fillings, root canals and extractions. This plan is not subject to open enrollment periods.