Pregnancy can be a beautiful time in a woman’s life. However, that doesn’t mean that you should neglect your oral health. Dentistry is safe for pregnant women, although there are some things to consider when it comes to carrying a child and caring for your teeth.
Should I go to the Dentist While Pregnant?
Regular dental cleanings are safe for expectant moms. You should be seeing your dentist at least once while you’re pregnant because even though you are carrying a baby, you still need to have your teeth checked and cleaned. When you’re expecting, your body is adjusting to pregnancy hormones that can put you at risk for periodontal disease. Pregnancy hormones are harmless for the most part, but they can cause your gums to become tender, swell, and in some cases, bleed. Your gums during pregnancy are more prone to periodontal disease and gingivitis which means you cannot ignore your regular dental appointments.
Which Trimesters are the Safest for Dental Treatments?
When it comes to elective dental treatments, it is best to avoid them during the first trimester and second half of the third. These are very special periods for the baby’s growth, and development and elective dental procedures are normally postponed. Dental cleanings are safe throughout pregnancy, although extended periods reclined in the chair can be uncomfortable for late term expectant mothers.
Is Sedation Safe for me If I’m Pregnant?
Your dentist will recommend that you wait until after you give birth to schedule any major or minor elective dental work. You should only visit your dentist for a routine cleaning, but any major or minor surgeries that require sedation should be postponed until after your baby is born. Generally, sedation is not recommended for pregnant women. However, there are certain anesthetics that are safe for expectant moms, should you encounter a dental emergency. Furthermore, there is appropriate shielding available if you require x-rays as part of any emergency dental work.
What Can I do to Ensure My Teeth are Healthy During Pregnancy?
Your regular dental care routine should be kept up, even during pregnancy. Brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing will help keep your teeth and gums healthy while you’re waiting for your new baby to arrive.
If you’re expecting a bundle of joy and are concerned about your teeth and gums, contact Pearl Dental. Our dentists will put your mind and mouth at ease.