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The Importance Of Visiting A Dentist During Pregnancy

Hello, my name is Karla Madison and this is my blog about the importance of dental care during pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my second child, my gums would bleed when I brushed my teeth. I went to my dentist and he told me that I had pregnancy gingivitis. He also informed me that this is a common condition for pregnant women because their hormones are changing during pregnancy. I followed the instructions of my dentist and my gums stopped bleeding and were healthy again. I also started doing research about the importance of dental care during pregnancy. If you're pregnant, you should read this blog to learn why it's so important to keep up with dental care while pregnant. This blog will give you the information you need so that you can have healthy teeth and gums during your pregnancy.



The Importance Of Visiting A Dentist During Pregnancy

Main Reasons People Get Dental Extractions

by Rose Hale

Tooth extraction is a rite of passage when you are young but dreadful when you are an adult. There are simple and surgical tooth extractions. The former is used for teeth visible in the mouth, while the latter is for hard-to-reach teeth.

Here are the reasons you may need to get a tooth extraction.

Tooth Decay

Decay is the primary reason for tooth extractions. Many people who go for tooth extraction because of decay may have avoided dental visits for a long time. Tooth decay develops gradually before it leads to tooth loss. During the initial stages, it attacks the tooth enamel. After it damages the enamel, the next target is the dentin, the inner part of your tooth. 

Finally, the decay creates a hole at the center of your tooth and reaches the pulp of the tooth. This causes a root canal infection. At this stage, if the patient fails to seek medical attention, the decay worsens to the point that the tooth cannot be saved. This is when the dentist will recommend an extraction.

Tooth Impaction

Tooth impaction arises when one tooth grows and pushes against another. The infected tooth causes swollen, red, or bleeding gums. The patient experiences swelling around the jaw and feels pain when opening their mouth.

Tooth impaction is commonly associated with wisdom teeth. This is because they have limited room to grow upright. Instead, the teeth grow inward toward the other teeth. Such wisdom teeth should be removed quickly to prevent damage to other teeth. 

Overcrowded Teeth

In some cases, tooth extraction is an orthodontic procedure. Orthodontists recommend extractions for patients with overcrowded teeth. Tooth extraction, in these cases, helps make space for the alignment of the remaining teeth. Removal of overcrowded teeth is rarely performed on adults but is common on children and teenagers.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease impacts the gums and other tooth-supporting structures. In its early stages, periodontal disease is called gingivitis—this infection affects the gums. Periodontal disease attacks the alveolar bone and periodontal ligaments during the advanced stages.

Periodontal disease arises because of tartar buildup. The easiest way to avoid this problem is to clean and floss your teeth every day and visit the dentist frequently. When periodontal disease isn't addressed in time, it causes your teeth to become loose. In this case, a dental extraction is the only dental solution.

In Closing

The impact of a dental extraction on one's self-image can be devastating, especially if it involves several teeth. One may have a sunken-in facial expression and difficulty chewing specific foods. The best way to avoid this occurrence is to brush and floss daily and to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and dental cleanings.