How Pregnancy Affects Dental Health – Riverside, CA

Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA understands that pregnancy puts womens’ bodies through a lot of changes, however most women are unaware of the fact that pregnancy can affect their dental health as well. Most changes are associated with a surge in hormones (estrogen and progesterone), which can intensify the way gum tissue reacts to plaque. A build up of plaque can turn into gingivitis that, if not treated, can become periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Most women will get a certain degree of “pregnancy gingivitis” while pregnant, but it can be prevented or be less severe by keeping teeth clean, flossing, and eating healthy. Another dental complication pregnant women are at risk of developing is pregnancy tumors. Pregnancy tumors are inflammatory, non-cancerous growths that develop when swollen gums become irritated. Most of the time these tumors are left alone and usually shrink on their own after baby is born; however, if a pregnancy tumor is uncomfortable or getting in the way of dental hygiene, Dr. Middleton may decide to remove it. If oral health is neglected, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the gums and travel to the uterus developing the production of chemicals called prostaglandins which can induce premature labor. If you are unsure about your dental health and are planning to get pregnant, call the office of Dr. Middleton at (951)688-3442 to understand what dental health procedures you should follow to keep you and your baby healthy.

Pediatric Dental Disease

Here are some startling facts regarding children and their dental health. According to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundaton:

-Pediatric dental disease is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever

-44% of American children will suffer from pediatric dental disease before they reach kindergarten

-73% of preschoolers and 48% of primary school age children who have experienced cavities currently have unfilled cavities

-4.5 million children develop pediatric dental disease every year

-While the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that every child establish a dental home by their first birthday, only 1.5% of 1-year-olds have had a dental office visit compared with 89% who have had an office-based physician visit.

Join us in our effort to promote dental health and overall well being for children!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Our office goal this month is to ensure that all our patients know about the importance of developing good habits at an early age; and that scheduling regular dental visits helps young people get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

All month long we’ll be focusing on answering your questions about children’s oral health and providing fun activities for kids to do when they come in to our office. Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong.