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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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Found Out You're Pregnant? 3 Things You Need To Know About Dental Health While Expecting

by Alfredo Moore

If you just found out that you are expecting a baby, then you may already feel overwhelmed with all of the planning you must do for the baby's arrival. You have an OBGYN to choose and baby items to purchase, but don't forget to alert your dentist of that you are expecting, as well. He or she needs to know when you experience any major changes in health, and that includes being pregnant. Here are a few things you need to know about caring for your teeth while pregnant.   

1. Throw Away Misconceptions About Skipping the Dentist While Pregnant

There are many myths passed around when it comes to visiting the dentist while pregnant. However, most health experts now agree that almost every aspect of your dental-care plan can be continued while pregnant.

So, if you had a cavity filling or root canal planned before you found out you were expecting, you don't have to now worry about waiting at least nine months to get the dental work you need. Local oral anesthetics have been determined to be very safe to use during pregnancy, and a healthy mouth is important for your overall health while pregnant.

2. Some Rx Oral Care Products May Need to Be Discontinued During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

It is very important to alert your dentist as soon as you know you are pregnant if you are using any prescription oral care products, such as a chlorhexidine rinse often prescribed to battle gum disease. While it is pregnancy category B, which means it is not suspected to harm a developing fetus at all, it is unknown whether enough is absorbed through your mouth to pass through into your breast milk.

So, depending how much your gum health has improved since you began using the rinse, your dentist may suggest you just stop using it for now or keep using it until you start breastfeeding, if you plan to.

3. Many Oral Changes Occur During Pregnancy

An important reason to keep going to your dental checkups during pregnancy is that you may experience many changes in your oral health while pregnant, and your dentist needs to monitor these changes.

Pregnancy gingivitis can occur due to hormonal changes, and signs of this condition are painful, sore gums or gum bleeding. Intensive dental cleanings can help prevent and treat this gum problem that is likely to disappear by itself once your hormones return back to normal after you give birth.

Some women also develop small gum nodules during pregnancy, and your dentist can help you understand what they are and help you deal with them until they typically go away after you deliver your baby.

If you just found out you are pregnant, then alert a dentist (such as one from Family First Dentistry LLC) and keep visiting him or her on a regular schedule. Maintaining good oral health during pregnancy is important for your overall health and the health of your baby.