Congratulations! But from now on you need to pay attention to several things:
- Due to hormonal changes, your gums are more susceptible to infections during pregnancy. During this time, good oral hygiene is particularly important because diseases of the oral cavity may lead to general health problems, whereas infections of the periodontal apparatus (periodontitis) can cause premature delivery. We therefore strongly advise you to come and see us for a preventive examination and for professional tooth cleaning at the beginning of your pregnancy.
- We recommend another professional tooth cleaning approx. four weeks before giving birth. This gives us the opportunity to establish your oral health and answer questions concerning dummies for your child etc. (see also primary-primary prevention) so you can happily enjoy the first exciting weeks with your baby.
- In urgent cases, when dental treatment is unavoidable, this is always possible, although the second trimester of your pregnancy is most suitable. However, comprehensive and predictable dental treatment is not advisable during pregnancy.
- Vomiting can be a particular problem during pregnancy. When it occurs frequently, the regurgitated gastric acid can affect the enamel of your teeth. With the best of intentions, many women immediately grab their toothbrush, only making things worse: By intensively brushing their teeth, they also scrub off the minerals that have been dissolved from the enamel by the acid. We therefore recommend merely rinsing your mouth with water or a mouthwash solution after vomiting and only using a toothbrush after a pause of at least 30 minutes.
We have known for quite a while now that caries (dental decay) and periodontitis are infectious diseases. No child is born with caries or periodontitis germs: They are transmitted into the oral cavity by the persons caring for the child. Primary-primary prevention already precludes the transmission of dangerous caries or periodontitis germs from the parents or carers to the child. In order to minimise the risk of transmitting your germs to your child, it is possible to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth by means of antibacterial coatings. It’s only logical: Fewer bacteria mean fewer transmissions! This is especially recommended for parents and/or carers with a high risk of caries or severe periodontitis.
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Dr. Daniela Schramm und
Dr. Thiemo Schramm
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