With a beautiful smile, you can feel confident and make a great first impression. A gorgeous smile also helps you maintain good dental health. For women, dental care often presents unique challenges. Pregnancy, and even milestones such as puberty and menopause, all increase the risk of serious dental issues such as periodontitis and cavities. Thankfully, your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, understands these challenges. In today’s blog, Dr. Calcagno discuss our unique approach to providing dental care for women.
Pregnancy and Your Dental Health
Having a baby changes your life. Pregnancy also complicates your dental health. While routine checkups are okay throughout your pregnancy, during the first and third trimester most dental procedures are off the table. As a result, many women are vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease during this time. Before you become pregnant, schedule a visit with Dr. Calcagno. She will perform a thorough oral examination to assess the state of your dental health. If you need treatment, you can receive it before becoming pregnant. While pregnant, always maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. Avoid food high in sugars and other starches. These simple steps help cleanse your mouth of harmful bacteria and food particles, potentially staving off the painful symptoms of tooth decay and gum disease during your pregnancy.
Women’s Gum Disease Risk
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the United States gum disease affects 50% of adults over 30. A variety of factors leave women particularly susceptible to this prevalent medical disorder. Hormonal changes often increase a woman’s risk of developing gum disease. Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are all times in which your dental health becomes threatened by gum disease. The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Tender gums
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
If you exhibit any of these symptoms, talk to Dr. Calcagno today.
Schedule a Visit with Your Rochester General Dentist
Do you need a checkup or a cleaning? Interested in our unique approach to providing women’s dental care? Then make an appointment with your Rochester general dentist by calling 507-281-3659. Our 55902 dentist office offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform your smile. We serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.