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Tips for Maintaining Good Oral Health While Pregnant

July 22nd, 2019

Some conditions of pregnancy such as hormonal changes and morning sickness can have an effect on the woman's oral health and, subsequently, her dental care routine. While it's generally not necessary for women to drastically change their dental routine during pregnancy, there are a few precautions expectant mothers can take to help maintain optimal oral health for the full gestation period and beyond.

Have a Checkup Before Becoming Pregnant

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It's a good idea for women who are planning to become pregnant to schedule a routine dental checkup beforehand. This allows the dentist to look for, diagnose, and treat any potential tooth or gum problems before the pregnancy. Having professionally cleaned teeth going into the pregnancy will also make it easier to maintain good oral health until the baby is born.

Keep the Dentist Informed

Routine dental care and even emergency procedures are generally perfectly safe during pregnancy, but it's important to notify the dentist of the pregnancy as early as possible. He or she will want to keep track of any medications or vitamins being taken and consider if the patient needs alterations to her dental care routine. The dentist will also take extra precautions to protect pregnant patients if X-rays need to be taken.

Watch for Changes in Periodontal Health

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can put women at an increased risk for periodontal disease, which are diseases that affect the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. A condition called pregnancy gingivitis, which causes gum tenderness and easy bleeding, is also possible. Pregnant women should monitor their gums and alert their dentist of any bleeding, tenderness, swelling, and other unusual symptoms. We recommend scheduling an extra dental cleaning during pregnancy to promote optimal health.

Dental Health and Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is a common experience during pregnancy, and the vomiting it may cause can wear away at the enamel in addition to making it difficult for pregnant women to brush their teeth comfortably. Pregnant women suffering from nausea may want to try a bland or unflavored toothpaste; the dentist or oral hygienist may be able to recommend brands. It may also be helpful to rinse regularly with water or a light, fluoride-free mouthwash.

Eat Right for Oral and Baby Health

Cravings for sugary foods are common during pregnancy, but indulging too much increases the risk of tooth decay. Expecting mothers should try to eat a healthy, balanced diet, both for their own oral health and for that of the baby. Foods rich in calcium are especially important to support a growing baby's teeth and bones.


The team at Kozica Dental offers a full range of dental services to help ensure optimal oral health throughout pregnancy and beyond. Request an appointment online or call us at (508) 755-0751 today.

Why Visiting the Emergency Room for Your Dental Problem isn’t a Good Idea

July 19th, 2019

Emergency rooms are for emergencies, so before you head to the hospital because of a dental problem, you need to ask yourself this question: Is what you're experiencing really a medical emergency? While emergency room visits for dental related issues are on the rise across the United States , they’re not necessarily the best solution for every problem. Many people don't know about emergency dental care services, many of which are available 24/7, and so they go to the ER.

These types of statistics are common across the country. However, despite the numbers, not all dental problems are created equal. If you've experienced some type of injury to your mouth, jaw, or face, then an ER visit is a good idea, but if you're suffering from a toothache, cavity, or broken crown or veneer, then the ER is not the best place to handle the situation. If you're having a dental emergency, then seeking emergency dental care should be your course of action.

Seeking Long-Term Solutions

The ER doesn't provide a long-term solution to your dental issue; it only gives you temporary relief. There’s a chance they will simply hand you a prescription for pain medication and tell you to call your dentist in the morning. In the end, you’re going to be saddled with two medical bills, and nobody wants that. Even if the ER outfits you with a temporary crown or filling, you're still going to have to make a follow-up appointment our office.

There are numerous homemade remedies that can sooth tooth and gum pain. However, if you're experiencing a dental emergency, the ER is not the place to go. The specialized emergency team at Kozica Dental is available to take care of every dental problem you may have. In the case of a dental emergency, don't wait any longer than necessary. Feel free to contact our Worcester office at any time, day or night.

Top Five Things to Keep Your Dentist Smiling

July 12th, 2019

Come say hello twice a year. The American Dental Association says two times is the charm. Multiple visits a year lets us keep an eye out for any developing issues. It’s important to remember that this goes for the whole family. Children over one year old should be seeing Dr. Kozica!

Stay fresh. At Kozica Dental, we have a virtually unlimited stock of toothbrushes and floss, which means you have no excuse to be using a sad, ineffective toothbrush. As soon as bristles begin to fray, pick up a new one or stop by our Worcester office and we’ll replace yours. On average, you should be opening a new one every two to three months.

For goodness sake, floss! Flossing is an efficient way to keep your whole mouth healthy. It not only protects your teeth by removing aggregated plaque, it keeps your gums happy, too.

And brush. Practicing regular healthy habits is essential to keeping your mouth—and us—happy! When it comes to brushing that means two minutes, two times a day. If your kids need some encouragement, try making a calendar or playing a song like this.

Tell a friend. One way you can help us is by spreading the love. Tell your friends about what a good thing we’ve got going here. The more the merrier. And the healthier.

Summer Sports and Mouthguards

July 5th, 2019

School’s out and you’ve emptied your gym locker until next fall. But while you’re stowing away the football gear, the basketball warm-ups, the field hockey sticks, and all the other equipment you’ve collected over the school year (that’s where that other shoe went!), be sure to keep one item handy: your mouthguard.

Team and contact sports like football, basketball, and wrestling aren’t the only potential dental dangers. In fact, almost any sport or activity can be made safer when you use your mouthguard.  While you’re keeping active and fit in the summer months, remember to look out for your smile.

  • Sports on wheels

Biking, skate boarding, rollerblading—it only takes one fall to make you realize that roads, sidewalks, and concrete are not ideal landing pads. If you do take a spill, using a mouthguard, along with your helmet, will help protect your teeth and jaw.

  • Court sports

Handball and tennis are not what we consider contact sports, but an unexpected bounce from a ball, or a completely unexpected backhand from your partner, can lead to dental injuries. Ace your workout and wear a mouthguard.

  • Water sports

A fall in the water can lead to a collision with your surfboard or water skis, and water polo often seems to be a game of stamina, accuracy and elbows. Wear your mouthguard on land and sea, and help reduce your chance of dental injury.

  • Team sports

Anyone who has played summer league baseball, softball or soccer knows that occasional contact with other players is pretty much a given. Cushioning your head, mouth, and teeth with a mouthguard will not only protect you, but keep you in the game—and your teammates will appreciate that!

If you already use a mouthguard, keep up the good work! If you don’t, talk to Dr. Kozica about the importance of protecting your smile with a mouthguard. There are ready-made options available at drug stores and sporting goods shops. These will provide protection to your mouth and teeth, but can sometimes be bulky and uncomfortable and should never be used with braces. If you would like a mouth protector that provides the best fit and comfort, or if you wear braces, we can customize a mouthguard in our Worcester office that will be a perfect fit for your teeth and bite.

Whatever activity you choose, play it smart! Don’t gear up without your mouthguard, and you’ll greet next year’s classes energized, fit, and sporting a beautiful smile!

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