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Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

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Let’s face it; pregnancy does a number on a woman’s body. Changes in skin, taste, blood flow and weight are just a few areas that are impacted when a baby is growing inside. Although you’ll have an overwhelming list of things to stay on top of during as a mom-to-be, don’t let your oral health be an area that you neglect. In fact, slacking off on your dental hygiene and regular dental checkups can bring serious consequences to yourself and your new baby.

Pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for gum disease. The substantial increase in a woman’s hormones during pregnancy is responsible. When progesterone levels rise, it triggers an additional amount of bacteria growth around the gums. Any food that gets trapped beneath the gum line will further gum irritation and cause plaque accumulation. At this point, the gums may look red, swollen and/or bleed easily. As much as 50% to 70% of all pregnant women will experience pregnancy gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. This typicallydevelops between the 2nd and 8th month of pregnancy.

The good news is that by staying on top of your oral health, you can avoid pregnancy gingivitis. It may require extra effort on your part, especially if you suffer from morning sickness and brushing and flossing is difficult to get through. However, practicing strong dental hygiene habits is important to your health and your baby’s health.

There are reports that show that pregnancy gingivitis is linked to preterm birth. In fact, a study in The Journal of the American Dental Association revealed that pregnant moms that had persistent or chronic gum disease were four to seven times more likely to give birth prematurely to underweight babies. Therefore, if you are expecting, you need to make sure you have a six-month dental exam on your calendar!

At Mitzi Morris DMD, we offer comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages and walks of life. If you are pregnant, you can trust that we will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Always let us know if you are expecting, even if it is in the early weeks, so that we can take necessary precautions. According to the American Pregnancy Associates, non-emergency dental work should be postponed until the second trimester or until after delivery. Let us work with you to ensure your smile stays healthy during such a special time in your life.

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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 678-459-2990

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Going to a new dentist can be stressful, but this experience was the BEST I have ever had. Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields are a cut above the rest, and they offer state of the art technology, and an environment that takes the sting out of going to the dentist for sure. Conveniently located in Roswell, the staff is caring, patient-focused, and efficient. I've never smiled so much at a dentist's office! I highly recommend friends and family making their next visit to this dentist. Pain free!!!!

    Lesley G
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C

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