Rochester Dentist: Dental Health When Starting a Family


Planning a baby is an exciting, and sometimes intimidating, ordeal. Before you decide to bring another life into this world, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Calcagno. During pregnancy, the mother’s dental health becomes important to the well-being of the baby. With a few simple steps, mothers protect their smiles and their new arrivals’. Your Rochester family dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, explains why proper dental care is vital when planning a pregnancy.

What to Do Before Pregnancy

Prior to pregnancy, make an appointment with Dr. Calcagno. She will provide an oral examination to assess your dental health. Because of hormone fluctuations, pregnant women are at an increased risk of developing gum disease, which sometimes adversely affects the baby’s health. Gum disease can make eating painful and difficult, which prevents the fetus from getting necessary nutrition, and also increases the chances of premature birth.

Dr. Calcagno will watch for the early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, establishing treatment for these dental issues before you get pregnant. Any necessary treatments, whether for cavities or for any procedures involving dental x-rays, should be done before you become pregnant.

Once You Get Pregnant

Congratulations!  A baby is on the way. During the first and last trimesters, your Rochester family dentist normally recommends avoiding dental procedures. During the second trimester, mothers will normally receive their regular checkups and cleanings.

Good oral hygiene becomes very important at this stage. Brushing twice a day, flossing once, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash helps avoid the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. Good dental health will assist in keeping your baby healthy in the womb. Drinking fluoridated water will strengthen tooth enamel and keep you hydrated, too.

If you suffer from vomiting with morning sickness, always rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after throwing up. Rinsing cleanses your mouth of harmful acids and bacteria present after vomiting. Watch for any sign of swelling or bleeding in your gums. If you notice bleeding or soreness, contact Dr. Calcagno right away as this could be a sign of developing gum disease.

After the Birth of the Baby

Once your baby arrives, try to make an appointment with Dr. Calcagno as soon as you can. Dr. Calcagno will check your gums and teeth, and offer any necessary treatment. Remember, Dr. Calcagno provides dental care for the entire family, and is ready to see your little one as soon as his first tooth arrives.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Rochester Dentist

Questions or concerns about family planning and dental health? Call our 55902 dentist office to schedule a consultation. To learn more about what Dr. Calcagno can do for you, call (507) 281-3659 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.