Untreated oral disease may compromise the health of the pregnant female and the unborn child.

The effects of hormonal levels on the gingival status of pregnant women may be accompanied by increased levels of Bacteroides, Prevotella, and Porphyromonas.

In some instances, morning sickness and vomiting/reflux may contribute to the onset of perimyolysis, an erosion of the lingual surfaces of the teeth caused by exposure to gastric acids.

Approximately 44 percent of pregnant participants in one study reported persistent xerostomia or dry mouth. 

Education is an important component of prenatal oral health care and may have a significant effect on the oral health of both the mother and the child.

Consider visiting the office or its website before your child's appointment to become familiar with the practice and to learn what to expect on the first visit.