7 Reasons Why You Should Visit a Periodontist, Especially if Pregnant
September 8th, 2017

Regular visits to the dentist are an essential part of maintaining dental health, and children should make their first visit within six months of getting their first tooth.Establishing regular dentist visits at a young age is important to detect any potential teething problems early and to start the child on a healthy practice which hopefully he will continue throughout his life.

A dentist deals with everything to do with teeth, gums, nerves and the jaw, in a general way, and he will recommend a specialist for some treatments. For problems with teeth alignment, bites and occlusions he will recommend an orthodontist,and sometimes he may recommend a visit to an endodontist who specialises in saving teeth by working on the interior of the tooth. Your dentist can recommend when to see a periodontist to treat gum disease, oral inflammations, locate implants,replace missing teeth or to perform cosmetic surgery, and he will help you in choosing a periodontist.

Being alert to the reasons why you may need to see a periodontist means that treatment can begin early. This is especially important if you are expecting a child, as periodontal disease has been related to premature birthing and low-birth weight babies.

Periodontists are affordable, and treatments of gum disease at the early stages are not expensive,but if the disease continues to develop treatments become more extensive and therefore costlier.Untreated periodontal disease can lead not only to tooth loss but also to other systemic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

As the early symptoms of gum disease can easily pass unnoticed, you should be on the lookout for any signs you need to see a periodontist.

Here are 7 Reasons Why You Should Visit a Periodontist:

  1. Swelling or bleeding of the gums, particularly after brushing or flossing.
  2. Recurring bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
  3. Receding gums or spaces between the teeth and gums
  4. Loose teeth
  5. Different bite pattern or changing feel or your teeth
  6. Pain during eating
  7. Tooth sensibility to hot and cold

One of the major causes of gum disease is the build of bacteria along the gum line and the teeth. These emit toxins which cause the gums to reduce and leave the tooth exposed to damage from tartar and plaque. Good brushing and flossing techniques and regular cleaning at the dentist can help to prevent this build up, but if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, have a history of gum disease in the family, are a smoker, have diabetes, or have never had an evaluation by a periodontist it is time you paid him a visit. Read more about gingivitis in pregnancy. 

The increased hormone levels during pregnancy can cause swelling and bleeding gums, so maintaining regular check-ups and professional cleaning is especially important at this time and should be done as normal.If a surgical procedure related to periodontal disease needs to be undertaken this should be done during the second trimester of pregnancy when any negative effects on the fetus are far less likely than the benefits of the necessary dental treatment. Lidocaine, which is normally used for dental anaesthesia has been shown to cross the placenta, so the minimum amount to relieve the pain should be administered, and if antibiotics need to be prescribed make sure that you are given ones that are safe for use during pregnancy such as penicillin, clindamycin and amoxicillin. There is no evidence that dental x-rays harm the fetus when the correct shielding is implemented, but any non-emergency dental work should be postponed until after the birth.

Remember that untreated periodontal disease could put both you and your baby at risk. If you need a good pregnancy toothbrush, check out Baby Buddy Pregnancy toothbrushes!

Guest Post by Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy works for Corson Dental, a New Zealand based dental practice specialising in cosmetic and general procedures. To learn more, you can check out their Facebook page too!


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