Dental Care and Pregnancy


It is vital for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes which increases the risk of developing gum disease which in turn can affect the health of your developing baby. Here are some tips to help you maintain good oral health before, during and after pregnancy.


Before You Get Pregnant

Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. This will help your teeth to get professionally cleaned, get a careful examination of the gum tissue and get treated for any oral health problems in advance of your pregnancy.


Dental Care While Pregnant

Tell your dentist or doctor if you are pregnant. You can get your routine dental care at any time during pregnancy and any urgent procedure can be done as well. However, all elective dental procedures should be postponed until after delivery. Before your dental appointment, check with your obstetrician to see if she has any special instructions or precautions for you.

  • Tell your dentist about the names and dosages of all drugs you are taking currently, including the medications and the prenatal vitamins prescribed by your doctor as well as any specific medical advice your doctor has given you. Your dentist will need to alter your dental treatment plan based on this information.
  • Do not skip your dental checkup appointment simply because you are pregnancy. This is the time during which regular periodontal or gum exams since pregnancy causes hormonal changes which put you at increased risk of periodontal disease and pregnancy gingivitis in which tender gums bleed easily. Pay attentional to any changes in the gums during pregnancy. Talk with your dentist or periodontist if tenderness, gum swelling or bleeding occurs at any time during pregnancy.
  • Dental X-rays can be done during pregnancy. Your dentist will use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby such as thyroid and shielding your abdomen. Today advances in technology have made X-rays much safer than in the past decades.
  • Follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce the oral health problems.

Coping with Morning Sickness

  • If morning sickness keeps you from brushing your teeth then change to a bland-tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. Ask your dentist or hygienist to recommend brands.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have bouts of frequent vomiting.

Eating Right for Your Teeth and Baby

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy. Your baby’s first teeth begin to develop about three months into pregnancy. Include dairy products, yogurt and cheese as they are a good source of essential minerals and good for baby’s developing gums, teeth and bones.
  • Avoid sugary snacks. Although sweet cravings are very common during pregnancy. Keep in mind that the more frequently you snack, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay.

After You’ve Had Your Baby

If you have experienced any gum problems during pregnancy, then see your dentist soon after delivery to get your entire mouth examined. Also get evaluation of your periodontal health.


You have so much to think when it comes to pregnancy from how you are going to decorate the baby’s room to what you are going to name the baby, to the diapers and bottles and bibs you are going to need. Well, with all these things to think during pregnancy, ensure to keep your health and well being on the list and this includes your mouth as well.

Dental care questions during pregnancy are common among the expecting moms. Annual exams and preventive dental cleanings are not only safe during pregnancy but are strongly recommended. Keeping your mouth healthy will help to keep you healthy which will help to keep your baby healthy. Brushing and flossing contributes to your overall health. Hence, it is quite essential to get the dental care during pregnancy.


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Couple triumphs over infertility though IVF


Years ago, Riya and her hubby Mr. Sumeil were trying to have a baby. However, a few months later, she was diagnosed iwth endometriosis which is the blocked fallopian tubes in which the tissue from the uterine lining extends outside the fallopian tubes and the neighbouring organs. Though it is not a severe condition, but it causes great pain and many side effects. This is also a common factor for diagnosing infertility in women.

Riya choose to undergo a surgery for curing endometriosis since she and her husband has being trying for a baby since 2010 and for four years, they have failed to start their family. Finally, having feeling frustrated and lost all hope and out of options she made an appointment at a clinic located in New Delhi. At the initial few visits, she learnt about the fertility issues she was facing.

As per Riya, “When I spoke to Dr. Rita Bakshi at first, she was very patient and understanding and confirmed that endometrosis being the main reason behind my inability to conceieve despite the surgery. She also explained me in detail about the odds to become pregnant through natural means being less for me hence gae a well defined treatment plan for me.”

From this point, her on-year treatment began and she was advised to undego In-vitro fertilization. Riya says, “It was a very pleasant experience and this didn’t make her feel uncomfortable in any way. I felt like Dr. Rita Bakshi is the best doctor for me and she was truly there to help me since she was very compassionate, supportive, motivating and understanding.”

IVF treatment for endometriosis

The team at IFC has decided Riya’s best chance for pregnancy with IVF which is a simple procedure involving fusion the the male parent’s sperm and the female parent’s eggs in a laboratory dish outside the human body and then transferring it to the female parent’s uterus. Riya says that “Dr. Riya Bakshi was helpful and wished me good luck. It was the little things which doctors, nurses and other staff did at the clinic that made my journey unforgettable.”

Patience, determination and success

A few months later, she had a successful pregnancy. Riya said, “It was fortunate we had a successful IVF in 2nd cycle itself. I feel that only Dr. Bakshi could have helped us win over endometriosis and help us to conceive.” Riya and Sumiel gave birth to a baby girl in June 2015.

What Should You Know About IVF?

IVF is a procedure in which the eggs from a woman’s ovary are removed and are fertilized with sperm in a laboratory procedure. Then the fertilized egg is returned to the woman’s uterus. It is one of the several assisted reproductive techniques used to help infertile couples to conceive a child. If even after a year of having sexual intercourse without using the birth control, a woman is unable to get pregnant then infertility is suspected.

IVF is one of the many possible methods for increasing the chances of an infertile couple to become pregnant. Its use depends on the reason for infertility and it may be an option if there is a blockage in the endometriosis or fallopian tube in the women or low sperm count or poor quality sperm in the man.

The other possible treatments for these conditions includes are surgery for the endometriosis and blocked tubes will be attempted before IVF. It will not work for woman who is incapable to ovulate or with a man who is not able to produce at least a few healthy sperm.

Closing Thoughts

My biggest piece of advice is just to relax. You should have faith and trust in your doctor and yourself so that you have to make your own future. Couples should try for pregnancy in the early childbearing age before it is too late.



Laparoscopic Ectopic Pregnancy Surgery

What Is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy can be seen occurring among women when you fertilized egg that re attaches itself at a location other than the uterus. A majority of ectopic pregnancies can be seen occurring over the fallopian tube and at times can be even added over the tubal pregnancies. The fallopian tubes are not often devised in order to keep the growth of embryo on hold and therefore keep the fertilized egg inside the tubal pregnancies that cannot be seen getting developed a proper way and thus should be treated the best. The ectopic pregnancy simply happens to be one out of fifty pregnancies. Now, let’s dig in deep into this treatment option as under:


What Causes an Ectopic Pregnancy?

The causes of the ectopic pregnancy can be seen going as under:

  • An inflammation or infection over the fallopian tube that can block the tube completely or partially blocked.
  • The scar tissue from the earlier infection or due to the surgical procedure found over the tube that can hamper the movement of the eggs.
  • Earlier procedure over the pelvic area over the tubes that can bring in adhesions
  • Abnormal growths or the defects seen due to birth can bring in the issue of abnormality seen over the shape of the tube.

Who is at risk for having an ectopic pregnancy?

The risks factors for the ectopic pregnancy can include the following:

  • The Maternal age group of 35-44 years
  • The previous ectopic pregnancy
  • The earlier Pelvic/abdominal surgery
  • The Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • A number of induced abortions
  • Getting conceived after having the tubal ligation or while with having the IUD over the place
  • Smoking
  • Endometriosis
  • The fertility treatments or consumption of fertility medications

How Is An Ectopic Pregnancy Diagnosed?

When it comes to diagnosing ectopic pregnancy, the doctor carries out the pelvic test to find out the location of the pain, the mass over the abdomen and tenderness. Your doctor will be seen using ultrasound in order to find out whether the uterus is seen developing fetus. The measurement over the hCG levels is really very much vital, while with hCG level can be found over the lower level and is seen expected to the suspect reasons to ectopic pregnancy. Your doctor can even the test the progesterone levels of the patient, which is considered to be the symptom of ectopic pregnancy. Also, the doctor can be seen carrying out the test called culdocentesis that is actually inserting needles over the vagina behind the uterus area just front over the rectum area. If the patient has blood in the said area, this would indicate the bleeding from the fallopian tube that is ruptured.

How Is An Ectopic Pregnancy Treated? 

There are various ways to treat ectopic pregnancies, however, laparoscopic approach is one of the most preferred options for the surgeons and patients for reasons like quicker recovery and effective treatment. The procedure is carried out using general anesthesia for the patient, followed by inserting the laparoscope inside the body in order to remove the ectopic pregnancy element followed by repairing or removing the affected fallopian tube. However, in case the affected tube is not removed laparoscopic method then you have another surgical choice known as laparotoy is considered to fix the ailment of ectopic pregnancies.

Final Verdict

There is a fair amount of chance of treating the ectopic pregnancies provided you choose the right way. As per reports, with this treatment, more than 60 percent of women with this issue are able to conceive in the future. All you need is an effective option to fix this problem once for all and see the results.

Read here to get more about: Laparoscopic Ectopic Pregnancy Surgery