Dental Care During Pregnancy

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Dental care during pregnancy

At the beginning of a pregnancy, the change in the hormonal balance causes a change in the tissue in the whole body and thus also in the oral cavity. The gums are supplied with more blood and the gums may bleed more often. The loosened connective tissue causes the blood vessels to expand - the gums swell and offer bacteria an ideal habitat. This can lead to inflammation. If there has been an inflammation of the gums before, it will intensify during pregnancy…

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  • Vomiting: caution acid!
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  • Whom can I ask?
  • How are the costs going to be covered?

Dental care tips

In addition to the dental examination of the mouth and teeth, every expectant mother should practice her dental care with even greater care during pregnancy.

Basically:

  • Regularly, i.e. at least twice a day, brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing fluoride. In the evening it is important to brush after the last intake of food before going to bed, since tooth decay is particularly easy at night due to the lower saliva production.
  • Additional use of fluoride-containing mouth rinses or fluoride jellies to harden tooth enamel as recommended by the dentist.
  • Use dental floss or an interdental brush to carefully clean the interdental spaces.
  • Use toothbrushes with soft bristles to avoid unnecessary irritation of the gums.
  • Tooth-conscious diet low in sugar and carbohydrates.
  • Regular information, care and control by the dentist, especially in the first and last trimester of pregnancy.

Vomiting: caution acid

Nausea and vomiting are often unpleasant accompanying circumstances in the first months of pregnancy. Frequent vomiting can damage the teeth. The vomited stomach acid is aggressive and attacks the tooth enamel. Immediately after vomiting, rinse your mouth with water or a mouth rinse and only take a toothbrush after about half an hour.

Dental treatment during pregnancy

It is recommended to go to the dental practice at the beginning of a pregnancy. The teeth and gums will be checked and, if necessary, professional teeth cleaning will be carried out. Since small amounts of mercury can be released when amalgam fillings are placed and reamed, the dentist will refrain from removing or using amalgam during pregnancy. Instead, a plastic filling or a long-term temporary can be used.

Note X-rays should be avoided unless there is an emergency. Local anesthesia is possible if necessary.

Whom can I ask?

Pay your dentist a visit at the beginning of your pregnancy. In addition to the dental check-ups, your dentist will inform you about dental care and oral hygiene and give you valuable tips for the coming months of pregnancy.

You can find dentists in your area under Dentist search

How are the costs going to be covered?

In addition to dental treatment and dentures, dental services also include orthodontic services (jaw regulation).

Dental services can be used at the following doctors or institutions:

  • for contract dentists
  • for elective dentists and
  • in outpatient dental clinics (in the health insurance institutions' own facilities and in contract facilities) or university clinics.

Note Please note that elective doctors can freely determine their fees and are not bound to any tariffs. It is therefore advisable to clarify the cost issue with your health insurance provider before treatment.

Professional tooth cleaning

The legislator has stipulated that dental prophylaxis for adults is one of the personal contributions. This is why this benefit is not covered directly by social security. However, individual health insurers give cost subsidies to the fee bills submitted. The cost of professional oral hygiene depends on the time it takes. Inquire with your dentist directly! The twice-yearly professional oral hygiene at the dentist's is a good contribution for every adult to the long-term health of the teeth and the tooth support system.

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