Snow, Romance…And Your Teeth

As the snow continues to fall and prolong our winter, it’s interesting to note that with all the snow that the northeast has gotten this year, experts are predicting that birth rates will be higher than normal for the fall of 2011. With all the excitement going on inside while the white stuff continues to come down outside, the question, “is it safe to have dental treatment during pregnancy” is being asked more than usual.

A recent study in The Journal of the American Dental Association has shown that routine dental treatment, including the use of dental anesthetics, is totally safe during pregnancy. So don’t put off having your dental visits and cleanings due to the fact that you’re brushing for two.

Here’s something really amazing. Another recent study, reported in The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, reports that women who are free from gum disease have a much lower chance of having premature and low birth weight babies.

The irony of this is that the hormonal changes which occur during pregnancy actually can heighten the chances of having gum disease. . So not only is it safe to maintain a regimen of brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist and dental hygienist when you’re expecting, it can actually contribute to the health of your baby.

At Retter Dental Care, our goal is to keep every single one of our patients in excellent dental health, including having beautiful gums which are free from bleeding and inflammation. If you have any questions or are overdue for your routine dental appointment, please call 514-488-9579 so that we can get you taken care of as soon as possible.