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Did you know that your pregnancy, whether current or imminent and your oral health have some interesting connections? Here are some frequently asked questions about the matter and their answers:

Q: What oral problems might appear during my pregnancy?

A: Like gestational diabetes, it is also possible and even common to contract gingivitis while pregnant. This is because your higher hormone levels amplify your gums’ response to plaque irritants. Symptoms include red, swollen gums that bleed easily.

Q: What effects can my oral health have on my pregnancy?

A: Studies advise that there may be a correlation between gum disease and premature, underweight births. Scientists believe that this may be because gum disease triggers higher levels of the biological fluids that bring on labor. More research needs to be done to corroborate this claim.

Q: What can I do to have a healthy baby and a healthy mouth?

A: If you are not yet pregnant but plan to be, one thing you will want to do to prepare is to take care of any existing oral health problems. And whether or not you already are, give particular attention to your oral hygiene routine, eat a balanced diet, and visit your dentist regularly.

Q: When is the best time to book my dental appointment?

The best time to book your dental visit is during your fourth to the sixth month of pregnancy. If you have an oral issue, Dr. Jorge de la Osa will be able to detect and treat it quickly. And you won’t be so pregnant that you are uncomfortable in a dental chair.

Please call Sunshine Dental Group in El Monte, California, at 626.579.4274 to book your appointment as soon as possible. Remember to tell us that you are pregnant when you call so we can act accordingly. We’re here to serve.