It is important to maintain oral health during pregnancy, not simply to maintain an attractive smile, but to prevent serious issues that can arise when hygiene is neglected. Gum disease in particular can occur quickly when teeth and gums are not cared for properly. Pregnant women are especially susceptible to gingivitis due to hormonal changes, causing the gums to bleed more due to an increase in bacteria and plaque. This is normal, but needs to be taken care of by your dentist. Advanced gum disease has been linked to issues including premature birth and low birth weight, making it important that you continue to brush, floss, and visit Bergenfield dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter for regular checkups during your pregnancy. Routine Care Cosmetic and elective dental treatments, as well as x-rays, should be avoided during pregnancy. Dr. Perlmutter utilizes advanced dental technology including digital x-rays which are much safer for you and your growing baby, but will only use them in the case of dental emergency during your pregnancy. It is advisable to avoid any procedure that can impact the health of your baby during your pregnancy. However, some general dentistry treatments beyond routine cleanings can be performed during your second trimester if they become necessary. The most important parts of dental care during pregnancy are your at-home routine and regularly scheduled visits for cleanings and examinations. Although x-rays will not be used while you are pregnant, our Bergenfield dentist can provide hands-on evaluations to detect potential oral health issues and treat them before they cause problems for you and your baby. To schedule an appointment with our experienced Bergenfield and Dumont, New Jersey dentist, please contact Dumont Cosmetic Dental today.