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Can Oral Health Have an Effect on Pregnancy?

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Are you an expecting mother, or thinking of becoming pregnant in the near future? If you are expecting, you may notice that your gums bleed easily or are more easily irritated. If you have early signs of gingivitis or suffer from advanced gum disease please be aware that there is growing evidence of a direct link between gum disease and premature and underweight births.  Research indicates that gum disease triggers the release of increased amounts of biological fluids that induce labor and that if gum disease worsens during pregnancy it increases the mothers risk of having a premature baby.

It is important to realize that your teeth and gums need special attention while pregnant. It is also recommended that you eat and maintain a healthy diet when expecting. Women who are pregnant or who are thinking of becoming pregnant should maintain regular dental checkups. If you are having dental problems, it is a good idea to have the issue treated and resolved prior to becoming pregnant if possible.

Some women experience pregnancy gingivitis when they become pregnant. The increased levels of hormones in pregnant women can exaggerate how gums react to plague. It is especially important to keep your teeth clean near the gum line when pregnant. There can be a buildup of dental plague on teeth which irritate the gums during pregnancy. Gums may become red, irritated and inflamed from pregnancy gingivitis. If you have a sweet tooth or cravings during pregnancy try sticking to food that are good for the teeth like cheese, fresh fruits or crunch vegetables to satisfy huger.

The best time to see the dentist when you are pregnant is between your fourth and sixth month to avoid any possible complications during the first three months of pregnancy. The last trimester of pregnancy is not typically the best time to go to the dentist because of prenatal complications and pregnancy can make you more prone to gagging. It may be difficult to sit in a dental chair for long periods of time during the final trimester as well.

Please be sure to let your dentist know if you are pregnant prior to your dental appointment to receive the best possible care during this special time.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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  • 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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