Smile Arts of NY

Oral Health and Pregnancy


Pregnancy affects almost every aspect of a woman’s health, including oral health. It is very important to maintain your regular 6-month dental visits during pregnancy.

More than 50% of women are affected by pregnancy gingivitis. Some women will notice that their gums are more red, swollen and prone to bleeding. Due to hormonal changes, the gums may become more sensitive to plaque build-up on teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene is beneficial to minimizing pregnancy gingivitis: brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time, floss daily and use antimicrobial mouthwash to control gum inflammation. More frequent dental cleanings may be needed during this time.  Dental cleanings every 3 to 4 months may be recommended by your dentist.

Some women may experience severe morning sickness. If the teeth have frequent contact to acids, the top enamel layer of the teeth may weaken and erode. It is very important not to brush right afterwards to prevent removing any soft tooth structure.

Dental work can still be completed but any elective work, such as teeth whitening, should be scheduled before or after pregnancy. If there are any dental emergencies, x-rays may still be safely taken after the first trimester. Newer digital x-rays emit much less radiation than traditional films. Lead aprons will also help shield the mother and fetus.

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About Dr. Peter Mann

Dr. Peter Mann

Having completed NYU School of Dentistry and a General Residency program in Kings County hospital.  Dr. Peter Mann has trained with some of the top world renowned dentists.  Being recognized in 2009 with a fellowship award from the (ICOI) International Congress of Oral Implantology and in 2012 with a fellowship award from the (AGD) Academy of General Dentistry.   

In 2009 Dr. Peter Mann decided it was time to achieve his vision by opening his dental office to provide outstanding dental services to NYC residents.  Smile Arts of NY is located  in the heart of Manhattan on E. 40th between Madison and Park ave.

Originally born in Ukraine, when iron curtain of communism collapsed his family took the opportunity to pursue the American dream by moving to New York. Dr. Peter Mann has lived in New York ever since, for over 33 years. His goal is to provide excellent dental experience for his fellow New Yorkers.

Dr. Mann lives minutes from the office. Patients undergoing treatment have his cell phone number and can always get in touch with any questions or concerns. It’s not unusual to see Dr. Mann arriving after hours to help a patient with an emergency.