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If you are expecting, this is a busy time in your life. You have doctor appointments, you need to get a nursery ready, and there are tons of things you need to buy. But have you seen your dentists? During this time in your life, seeing your dentists may be the last thing on your mind, but you need to make an appointment. The best times for you to schedule a dental visit is during your first or third trimester.

Once the baby comes, you will have your hands full and you won’t have the time to deal with a cavity or other problem. A visit with Drs. Chamberland and White before the big day will give them the chance to detect and deal with any problems with your teeth and mouth. It is safe to have dental work done while you are pregnant, and it is even safe to have X-rays, but if you have concerns, talk to your dentists.

Pregnancy comes with morning sickness, and that means throwing up. When that happens, you will have extra acid from your stomach in your mouth, which can damage your teeth. You should rinse your mouth after a bout of morning sickness and brush your teeth thirty minutes later. Pregnancy also means hormonal changes, which can increase your risk for gum disease and loose teeth. You also may notice growths on your gums which resemble raspberries. These are called pregnancy tumors. They are benign and are easily removed by your dentists. Throughout your pregnancy, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentists for your regular checkups.

If you are expecting, or are planning to have a baby, make sure that you call 931-684-9167 to schedule an appointment at Chamberland Dentistry in Shelbyville, Tennessee.