Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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Dental Care During Pregnancy: 3 Things You Should Know

During pregnancy, visiting the dentist may be the last thing on your mind. However, dental care during pregnancy is a must. It's important not to skip out on visits to the dentist and regular dental cleanings during this time in your life. Failure to pay attention to your dental health during pregnancy can lead to dental problems during your pregnancy and afterward as well. During pregnancy, your body goes through a lot of changes. You may even notice a few changes in your oral health. Here are three things that you should be aware of when it comes to dental care during pregnancy.

Regular Checkups Are Needed

During pregnancy, you may be tempted to skip out on your regular dental checkups and cleanings. However, visiting the dentist during this time is a must. Dental checkups during pregnancy will allow your dentist to catch any dental problems early. It's also important to note that dental cleanings and x-rays are safe throughout pregnancy. You should notify your dentist that you are pregnant before your exam. The average cost of a teeth cleaning is between $80 and $175 without insurance. With insurance, routine cleanings are often free or low cost. 

The Second Trimester Is the Best for Dental Work

If you do have dental problems and need to have dental work to fix them, your dentist may recommend that you have this work done during the second trimester. Emergency dental work can be done at almost any point during your pregnancy as needed. However, the second trimester is often the most comfortable for having dental work done. Any cosmetic or elective dental procedures, such as teeth whitening or veneers, should be postponed until after you give birth. 

Gingivitis Is More Common

After becoming pregnant, many women notice that their gums bleed in addition to becoming swollen and red. This is because gum problems are more common during pregnancy due to fluctuating hormone levels. These gum issues are referred to as pregnancy gingivitis. During pregnancy, around 40 percent of women develop pregnancy gingivitis. Regular visits to the dentist and dental cleanings can help treat and prevent gingivitis in pregnant women. If you notice that your gums are bleeding or if you have other signs of gingivitis, a visit to the dentist is needed as soon as possible.

Dental care during pregnancy is very important. Regular checkups and cleanings are necessary while you are pregnant. If you do require dental work, scheduling it during the second trimester is often the best option. It's also important to note that gingivitis during pregnancy is common and can be prevented or treated through regular dental checkups and cleanings.