Pregnancy & Dentistry
5 Dental Care Tips on Pregnancy by Dr. Tor Gotun
Congratulations, Expectant Mothers!
While it is a very exciting time in your life, it is also the time to assume a great responsibility of caring for the well-being of two people instead of one. You have to rest more and follow your prenatal care as advised by the doctors. And if in the past you might have occasionally skipped your regular dental preventive care, now is not the time to do so any more.
Not many people know that, and hopefully your medical doctor already advised you to visit your dentist right away, but it is very important to make sure your oral health is great, periodontal disease is under control, and your dentist monitors you for a few conditions that may arise during pregnancy and may leave you with consequences less than desirable if not controlled.
5 Tips if You Are Pregnant
- It is always a great idea to make sure your oral health is in a good condition before you even become pregnant, as there is an array of issues, like infections due to gum disease, etc., that can impact your baby’s health.
- It is extremely important to notify your dentist that you are pregnant as some dental procedures may not be recommended for you during the pregnancy or we may need to alter our approach to treatment because of it. Please consult with our office and we will be happy to answer all of your questions.
- Assuming that all the necessary dental issues have been addressed, the next thing to focus on is nutrition. Everything you eat and drink will affect not only your own general health, but your unborn baby’s as well. Eat right and take any prenatal vitamins your obstetrician recommends so that you and the baby will get all the calcium you both need. It will be critical in your baby's health and the formation of healthy bones and teeth. Guard against the urge to snack between meals. Anything that tastes even slightly sweet contains sugar, including milk and fruit, so you should brush and floss, especially after consuming any carbohydrates.
- Good hygiene is the best prevention against a number of pregnancy-related issues. The surge in hormones that generally starts in the second month can cause gums to react differently to the plaque-forming bacteria in your mouth. If you don’t get regular cleaning, the result can be an increased chance of tooth decay, “pregnancy gingivitis,” or other infections. Untreated dental conditions pose a risk to your unborn baby as well as yourself.
- Gum irritation is also thought to be one of the causes of “pregnancy tumors,” which are localized swellings in the gums. These lumps are noncancerous, but they can be painful and disfiguring. Please check with us if you develop any growths or if you notice any changes in your mouth, and remember that regular cleanings are the best way to avoid these problems.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Austin dental practice, Austin Smile Creations for more information.
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If you are reading this testimonial, I assume you are looking to alleviate pain in one or more of your teeth or to improve your smile cosmetically. Either way you can save yourself some time, stop right now and go make an initial evaluation appointment with Dr.Gotun and his staff at their cozy, comfortable office with a relaxing peaceful view of Eanes Creek. You can search the 1200 or more listings in the Austin area and the BEST you could hope for would be to find another dentist equally as skilled and talented as Dr.Gotun. I do NOT think it is possible to get BETTER quality dental work than what you will get at this office.
The one thing that made everything so simple for me was the photographs. During the initial exam Dr.Gotun takes a series of photographs of your teeth along with x-rays. You then get to see your teeth on a laptop screen, in color, up close and larger than life. If you can live with what you see then you can count your blessings and Dr.Gotun will let you be on your way, unless of course you would like to schedule a cleaning!
In my case I could see the damage, decay and buildup from many years of poor oral hygiene and neglect. In addition to the problem teeth that brought me to the dental office I could easily see that most of my teeth were in need of some type of restoration work. Dr. Gotun has my permission to show all of my records to anyone interested in seeing them. I am sure you will be as amazed as I still am at what Dr. Gotun was able to accomplish considering the very poor condition my teeth were in at the start of the process.
The cost was substantial in my case due to amount of work that was required. However, the work was spaced out over several years which made the cost much easier to budget. Dr.Gotun was not on my dental insurance plan, so I accessed some savings and my credit to finance the work and paid it off like any other significant asset I have purchased. My teeth are the most rewarding investment I have ever made.
If I could give anyone one bit of advice other than my story, it would be “do NOT let dental insurance be the major factor that guides your decision-making”. I was never happy with any of the experiences or results I had when I tried to use the dentists that were covered under my plan. I am proof that 12 years on with regular flossing and brushing, the investment in your restoration work done by Dr.Gotun can still be yielding satisfaction and compliments from friends and random strangers.
I have never gone to bed without flossing and brushing after seeing those photographs in my initial visit. Good luck and I hope to be reading your success story here sometime in the future.
Dr. Tor Gotun probably saved my life and he's added some years to it. You don't usually say that about your dentist, but I believe it in my case.
More than 10 years ago, after many years of neglecting my teeth and an unhealthy life style, I went to Tor, my neighborhood dentist, even though he wasn't on my State of Texas dental insurance network.
I soon learned of the challenges to getting my gums and teeth back to a healthy status. The way Tor explained it, I knew it was complex and that Tor had the skills and vision to get me there, as long as I did my part. I also knew it would take time and not be cheap.
Now, years later, I still have most of my original teeth and only a few very nice, state-of-the art crowns. I am following Tor's advice for taking care of my teeth and gums, including his regular cleaning schedule. What my dental insurance didn't cover, I was able to use Austin Smile Creations' association with Care Credit to finance the costs without any interest charges as long as I pay off balances within a year of each charge.
By the way, we had only one procedure that didn't work out as planned, but Tor made good on it and the solution turned out as good or better.
As a bonus, all of Tor's top flight members are both professional and personable, always considerate of my needs, interests, and schedule.
Bottom line, Tor is better than my expectations. He pays attention to more than just how my mouth looks; he's concerned about my overall health and how my life-style affects, and is affected by, the health of my teeth and gums.
I have been going to Dr. Gotun since he used to have his practice on William Cannon Drive ( 20 years now). Now he is located in Bee Caves. He is an excellent dentist.
The thing I like best about Tor Gotun is he is relatively pain free when administering his shots to numb your mouth. Dentists I have had before always seemed to be a bit heavy handed in this activity.
He is very up to date with modern dental technology. He can make a crown or cap in his office at the moment of your appointment and have you leave with a fully functioning mouth. I have friends who use other dentists who must wander the city of Austin for at least a week with a hollowed out molar stuffed with gauze as they await their topping to arrive by mail to their dentist's office.
The staff is very friendly, and Dr. Gotun will never talk down to you. He is very good at explaining why he is doing something or why he wants to do a procedure. He may have gotten two of my wisdom teeth, but I will still try to hold onto the remaining two regardless of his explaining the safety factors of hanging on to them as you get older.