Pregnant women ‘could see changes to their oral health’
Expectant mothers looking to prevent emergency dentistry should attend regular check-ups with their dental practitioner in a bid to monitor their oral health, according to an expert.
Dr Nigel Carter from the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has revealed that hormone changes occurring during pregnancy may cause inflammation of the gums.
His advice comes after a study from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology established a link between mothers with poor oral health and similar issues among their children.
Dr Carter advised women to look out for any changes to their dental health during pregnancy, as well as increased bleeding of the gums.
"Women particularly during the time of their pregnancy must keep a high standard of oral hygiene, which includes visiting their dentist regularly," he explained.
In addition, appointments with a dental hygienist who can offer advice and guidance – as well as provide thorough cleaning – have been recommended for expectant mothers.