Why Pregnant Women in Newburyport Need Periodontics Care

We provide periodontics care in Newburyport that can both prevent and treat gum disease. While we treat patients of all ages and in all stages of health, pregnant women have a particularly unique reason to visit our office – the health of their unborn baby.  If you are pregnant and unclear of the connection, we recommend that you visit our office and that you also discuss the importance of dental care with your OB/GYN.  While most pregnant women head to their OB right away, few realize the importance of scheduling a dental appointment next.

Pregnant women and periodontics dental care

Beyond the obvious reasons of preventing cavities and infections, pregnant women need to be careful to avoid getting gum disease.  This is because gum disease has been shown to cause babies to be born at a low weight or prematurely.  Both of these issues can cause a baby to spend more time in the hospital in need of  intensive care or struggling due to developmental delays.  These serious conditions are things to avoid and receiving medical attention is an excellent way to do so, as long as that medical care also involves regular trips to the dentist.  We recommend that our pregnant patients have their teeth cleaned twice during their pregnancy.  Once at the beginning, and again in the third trimester.  These cleanings, combined with brushing and flossing at home, can typically prevent gum disease from developing.

There are some women that will still develop gum disease.  This is in part due to blood flow to the gums being restricted as more blood flows toward the growing fetus.  Understandably, the body is exerting a massive amount of energy toward growing and sustaining a new life.  As a result, various aspects of mom’s body receive less attention, the gums included.  This is why having plaque removed from around the gums is so important.  During these examinations, we will look to see if any gum disease has developed and, if so, treat it right away.  Outside of these appointments, you can watch for signs of gum disease by looking to see if your gums are red, swollen, bleeding, uncomfortable, or pulling away from the tooth.  If so, call for an immediate examination.

If you do develop gum disease, we will treat it by performing a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up underneath the gums.  This is the first step and depending on the extent of the disease, we may need to complete the cleaning over multiple appointments.  We typically prescribe antibiotics at the same time.  Once the plaque (irritant) has been removed, the gums are capable of returning to good health without further intervention – that is if we caught it in time.  If gum disease is in an advanced stage and has caused the gums to pull away from the tooth structure, you may need a gum graft in order to secure enough gum tissue around the tooth structure.  Our goal, however, is to prevent the need for this level of periodontics care.  By performing routine dental care and deep cleaning if necessary, we can help you to stay in good health both during and after your pregnancy.

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37 1/2 Forrester St #7
Newburyport, MA 01950
Same day emergency visits (tooth chip or tooth ache)
In-house periodontist
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Elise Mitchell
Elise Mitchell
2022-06-08
The Dentistry of Newburyport team is always so friendly and helpful. I look forward to my bi-annual cleanings here (:
Heather True
Heather True
2022-06-03
I’ve gone here for more than a decade because I love the staff! From the receptionists to the dentists, everyone is fantastic. My favorite person here is my hygienist Jamie. She is awesome, even when I show up on her birthday! I highly recommend their services.
Larry Hill
Larry Hill
2022-06-02
Wonderful people ❤
HOLLY G
HOLLY G
2022-05-26
Dentristry of NBPT has a kind and caring staff they are always on time and keep you informed of your dental health. Jamie my hygienist is so sweet, I’ve been a patient here for about 20 +years. Great work done by great people.
Justin Auger
Justin Auger
2022-05-25
This was the best dentist I have ever been to. The Dr. Was amazing and super polite. I can’t wait to go back.
Joan Cassin
Joan Cassin
2022-05-19
Jamie is always so considerate, kind, and professional. I always leave feeling good and know that I’ve gotten excellent care. The best.
Joe Martis
Joe Martis
2022-05-17
Linda Doodnauth
Linda Doodnauth
2022-05-05
Loved 🥰 working with Karen! She makes things feel better ❤️‍🩹! Keeps us coming back! She’s got a lot of positivity, and that helps a lot with my 87 year old mother!
Douglas Settele
Douglas Settele
2022-04-21
Janet Murphy
Janet Murphy
2022-04-11
Everyone in this office is caring and professional.
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