(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607
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  • Pregnancy brings many kinds of excitement and joy to a mother’s life, but gum problems aren’t one of them. Pregnancy gingivitis not only causes gum trouble, it can also lead to higher risks for preterm labor and problems with the newborn baby. If you are pregnant and notice swelling or inflammation of your gums, you might have pregnancy gingivitis. It results from plaque buildup that irritates your gums, and can harbor bacteria that gets into your body. The bacteria can travel to your uterus and affect your pregnancy and unborn child. How can you avoid pregnancy gingivitis?

    Oral hygiene
    Brush and floss your teeth properly. Try to brush after all meals and snacks, especially those high in sugars or starches. See your dentist for frequent cleanings, aiming for two to three times during your pregnancy. This will remove more plaque from your teeth that you can at home, serving to lower your risk for plaque buildup.

    Education
    Consult your dentist before, during, and after your pregnancy. You will learn how to best care for your mouth, and what to watch for in case a problem does arise.

    Nutrition
    Maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy will not only benefit your overall health and that of the baby, but will also limit your sugar intake which promotes plaque formation.

    Dental care
    Try to have dental procedures performed before you become pregnant. Some emergency procedures are safe during pregnancy, but it is best to have treatment done before pregnancy.

    Bacteria control
    Avoid sharing food and utensils so that you don’t transfer bacteria from person to person. Your goal is to limit the amount of bacteria in your mouth as much as possible.

    Xylitol gum
    Chewing sugarless gum promotes saliva, which help equalize the acids in your mouth and fight plaque buildup. The ingredient xylitol has been shown to help prevent bacteria from being able to stick on your teeth, therefore fighting tooth decay.

    Orthodontist Burbank CA

    Mehdi Fotovat, D.D.S.

    ORTHODONTIC SPECIALIST

    5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

    Valley Village, CA 91607

    (818) 980-5300

    Our practice is conveniently located on Laurel Canyon Blvd. between Burbank Blvd. and Chandler Blvd. in Valley Village. Free parking is available behind the building.

    Our Hours

    Mon: 8:00 am – 4:45 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:00)

    Tue: 8:00 am – 4:45 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:00)

    Wed: 8:00 am – 4:45 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:00)

    Thu: 8:00 am – 5:45 pm (closed for lunch 1-2:00)

    Fri: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm (closed for lunch 12-12:30)