Last year the team at Diabetes Dental Care had the pleasure to contribute to this Pregnancy Tool Kit for JRDF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). You can now download it here or through the JRDF website (https://jdrf.org.uk/living-with-type-1/information-packs-and-leaflets/pregnancy-toolkit-e-download).
Here is a list of goals for mom´s-to-be:
- See your diabetes care team and GP
- Control your blood glucose/HbA1c
- Check your medication
- Check your insulin
- Take folic acid
- Have your eyes and kidneys checked
- Have you been vaccinated against rubella?
- Manage your dental health
- Look at your lifestyle
It is important to have a thorough dental check up as soon as you start planning your becoming a mom, so we can deal with any oral health issues before you get pregnant. On a normal basis, we dentists are advised to avoid taking x-rays and do certain treatments during the first 3 months and again during the last 3 months of pregnancy. As you might know, x-rays can be extremely important when diagnosing a problem. Teeth problems can also lead to pain and infection, not ideal when you can only take a limited amount of medications to control these.
Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), during pregnancy is very common, affecting 70-100% of women. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can exaggerate how gum tissue reacts to plaque, causing dark, red, swollen and tender gums that are more likely to bleed. On occasion, there are certain gum lesions called Epulis (like in the picture below) that can develop due to a mixture of hormonal changes and the presence of plaque (a bacterial layer that accumulates around our teeth). Whilst you shouldn´t be concerned about it, it is important for you to know that with diabetes you are more likely to develop periodontitis or gum disease, a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. In order not to honor the saying of “one baby one tooth extraction” the best way to prevent oral complications is to:
- Have a routine dental check-up and professional clean to control any existing problems before your pregnancy
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth after each meal and using floss or interdental brushes.
- Using a toothpaste containing triclosan can also help reduce gingivitis during pregnancy.
Contact us today on 02075639980 to learn more about how our consultations work. One of our specialists will provide you with a thorough examination to ensure you get the all clear on your oral health, before embarking on your journey towards motherhood.