While it’s a common belief that you should avoid dentist visits during pregnancy, it’s actually very important to continue to see your dentist and let us know that you are pregnant. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause some serious oral health issues that must be addressed to ensure the health and safety of both you and your baby. Here are some common questions that pregnant women have about oral care and dentist visits:
pregnant womanHow does being pregnant affect my oral health?
The hormonal fluctuations caused by pregnancy put expecting mothers at an increased risk for gum disease as the gums become more sensitive to plaque.If you have a mild case of gum disease already, the condition could become worse.
Is getting dental work during pregnancy safe?
Receiving dental work is safe throughout pregnancy, but the best time for procedures is during the second trimester. At this point, the development of the fetal organs is complete and there’s a lower risk of side effects. This is also the time when nausea and postural discomfort are less of an issue.
Are local anesthetics safe during pregnancy?
If you’re pregnant and require a procedure that uses local anesthesia, you can rest assured that the numbing medications the dentist gives you are safe for both you and your baby.
When should I tell my dentist I’m pregnant?
Even if you’re not entirely sure that you’re pregnant, let us know right away. When making an appointment, also let us know how far along you are in the pregnancy and about any medications you’re taking or any information your doctor may have told you. If you have certain medical conditions or may otherwise have a high-risk pregnancy, we may recommend postponing some procedures, especially those related to cosmetic dentistry.
Discovering that you’re bringing a child into this world is a big occasion. It’s also a time when your health, including your oral health, should be a top priority. If you’ve recently discovered that you’re pregnant, make an appointment right away to ensure that your teeth and gums are in great shape.