Lea más información en español.) According to the American Pregnancy Association, dental care during pregnancy is safe and recommended for the health of both mother and baby: “The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed and trap food…Preventive dental work while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth.”
At the Health Center, we provide quality dental care for all moms-to-be; you do not have to be in our prenatal practice to visit our dentist. (Though patients often find it convenient to have both appointments under one roof!). We offer dental and prenatal care at our Woodbridge and Manassas locations, and accept patients with
- All private insurance
- Medicaid & FAMIS MOMS, now eligible for FREE dental care from pregnancy through up to 2 months post-partum
- No insurance; we can help you apply for Medicaid or the ACA Marketplace, or, enroll you in our affordable sliding-scale payment program
Make your appointment today; call us at 703.680.7950, or email info@GPWHealthCenter.org.
Tips for Maintaining Good Oral Health, During Pregnancy & Beyond…
- Changes to your body during pregnancy can cause your gums to be sore and swollen and possilby bleed. This is called gingivitis and should be treated by your dentist.
- Visit the dentist every six months or when you have concerns; if you are overdue for a cleaning, schedule an appointment and start your pregnancy with better dental health.
- Brush at least twice a day and replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
- Rinse every night with a mouthwash that contains fluoride.
- Eat a variety of healthy foods such as fruits, vegitables, dairy products and whole grains.
- If you vomit, it is important to rinse your mouth to stop the acid from attacking your teeth