Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
Most children and adults should see us for a regular cleaning and check up every six months. If you are at a greater risk for oral diseases, you should have dental check ups more often than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that we take into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check up. Book an appointment today!
Regular check ups and cleanings will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy as well as allow us to detect any early problems such as gum disease, oral cancer, cavities and orthodontic problems in children.
What is Pregnancy Gingivitis?
If you are pregnant and you wake up one morning with red, puffy and very tender gums, you may have pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is a condition caused by increased hormone levels that can cause swollen, red and tender gums. It is often accompanied with bleeding when you brush your teeth. This condition is most common between the second to eighth month of pregnancy.
The best way to prevent pregnancy gingivitis is to practice good oral hygiene and to visit us for regular check ups and cleanings.
“Expectant mothers should consider visiting Dr. Radice during pregnancy; infants should undergo an oral health assessment by their first birthday”
The Canadian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (CAPD), the recognized leader in paediatric oral health, has announced new oral health guidelines for expectant mothers. They include seeing a dentist to receive counselling and oral healthcare during pregnancy, and for infants to receive an oral health risk assessment and oral care by their first birthday.
There is evidence associating periodontal disease and increased risk of preterm birth and low-birth weight. Proper dental care during the perinatal period may help prevent preterm and low-birth weight babies and is an important aspect of overall health for pregnant women -allowing them to enter delivery in optimal health. If you are unaware of the implications poor oral health can have on yourself and your baby, please let us know. We will be happy to assist you with proper oral care during your pregnancy.