Welcome to Our Facebook

Here you'll find the latest news from our practice and fun facts about dental health - interesting tips and treatment information you can use to improve your smile.

When you "Like" our page, you will also receive special promotions that are only available to our Facebook Fans. "Like Us" today and share our page with friends, family and coworkers!

 Request an Appointment

Celebrity Smile Blog

Read about your favorite celebrities and their secrets to beautiful smiles and good dental health!

Read More

Meet Our Staff

Hello! Take a few moments to meet our experienced dentists and our friendly, knowledgeable staff. Our team represents a wealth of training and experience to bring you your most beautiful, healthy smile.

Read More

Special Offer for Our Fans!
Like Us for Exclusive News and Offers

Save on Treatment! Want to learn more about our current promotions? Contact our office for details.

Our Fremont Office

Mission Hills Family Dentistry Inc.
39572 Stevenson Place, Suite 125
Fremont, CA 94539
510-793-0800

Office Hours
Monday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Directions

Check Out Our Celebrity Blog

By Mission Hills Family Dentistry Inc.
April 17, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: celebrity smiles   pregnancy  
NancyODellSpeaksOutOnHerExperiencesWithPregnancyGingivitis

When it comes to sensitive gums during pregnancy, Nancy O'Dell, the former co-anchor of Access Hollywood and new co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, can speak from her own experience. In an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, she described the gum sensitivity she developed when pregnant with her daughter, Ashby. She said her dentist diagnosed her with pregnancy gingivitis, a condition that occurs during pregnancy and is the result of hormonal changes that increases blood flow to the gums. And based on her own experiences, Nancy shares this advice with mothers-to-be: use a softer bristled toothbrush, a gentle flossing and brushing technique and mild salt water rinses.

Before we continue we must share one important fact: our goal here is not to scare mothers-to-be, but rather to educate them on some of the common, real-world conditions that can occur during pregnancy. This is why we urge all mothers-to-be to contact us to schedule an appointment for a thorough examination as soon as they know they are pregnant to determine if any special dental care is necessary.

Periodontal (gum) disease can impact anyone; however, during pregnancy the tiny blood vessels of the gum tissues can become dilated (widened) in response to the elevated hormone levels of which progesterone is one example. This, in turn, causes the gum tissues to become more susceptible to the effects of plaque bacteria and their toxins. The warning signs of periodontal disease and pregnancy gingivitis include: swelling, redness, bleeding and sensitivity of the gum tissues. It is quite common during the second to eighth months of pregnancy.

Early gum disease, if left untreated, can progress to destructive periodontitis, which causes inflammation and infection of the supporting structures of the teeth. This can result in the eventual loss of teeth — again, if left untreated. Furthermore, there have been a variety of studies that show a positive link between preterm delivery and the presence of gum disease. There has also been a link between an increased rate of pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) and periodontal disease. Researchers feel this suggests that periodontal disease may cause stress to the blood vessels of the mother, placenta and fetus.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Pregnancy and Oral Health.” And if you want to read the entire feature article on Nancy O'Dell, continue reading “Nancy O'Dell.”