The Role of Holistic Dentistry in Pregnancy: Oral Health for Expectant Mothers

Pregnant woman brushing her teeth in a bathroomPregnancy leads to a host of health issues that may be unexpected for new mothers, including oral health issues. High levels of progesterone and estrogen while pregnant can lead to the loosening of the tissues that hold the teeth in place. Gingivitis and periodontal disease are also more likely during pregnancy.

Unfortunately, many expectant mothers fail to address these issues because they don’t want to risk their unborn child’s health by undergoing dental treatments while pregnant. Ignoring your dental health while expecting isn’t the answer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ignoring gum disease while pregnant contributes to infants with low birth weights and preterm deliveries. Severe periodontitis can even lead to pre-eclampsia and other birth complications.

How Holistic Dentistry Protects Your Oral Health During Pregnancy

It is clear that avoiding the dentist while pregnant is not a good idea for anyone. What’s the solution? At Kenilworth Dental Associates, we use holistic dentistry to ensure pregnant patients benefit from safe, effective dental care without the adverse side effects of traditional medications that could harm their unborn child.

We avoid performing any cosmetic or unnecessary dental procedures while you are pregnant, focusing on prevention and treatment. X-rays are not taken unless crucial, and extra care is taken to fully protect you and your child from radiation if X-rays are taken.

We Use Only Safe Dental Materials

When you are pregnant, what is going into your body into your body is essential. You have to watch what you eat and drink. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Dani uses only the safest biocompatible materials, avoiding amalgam fillings. She does not use fluoride, particularly in pregnant patients.

We Focus on the Patient as a Whole

Dr. Dani sees each patient as an individual with specific needs. She evaluates each patient’s health and dental care goals at each appointment to develop a personalized plan for their oral care, considering where they are in their pregnancy, any side effects they are experiencing, and their oral health. Dr. Dani also offers nutritional counseling that not only helps you maintain your oral health but benefits your overall health and ensures your baby’s health throughout your pregnancy.

We Focus on Prevention

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Dani believes preventing cavities and gum disease is the best approach to dental health. This is especially important when you are pregnant and more susceptible to problems due to fluctuating hormones and dietary changes. We recommend scheduling an appointment during your first trimester so Dr. Dani can clean your teeth and check for potential issues. At that time, she will demonstrate proper brushing techniques and suggest ways to prevent cavities and gum disease during your pregnancy.

If you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, call Kenilworth Dental Associates at Kenilworth Dental Associates Office Phone Number (847) 256-7700 and arrange an appointment with Dr. Dani to discuss how you can protect your dental health and your child with holistic dentistry.