Preparing to bring a baby into the world is a busy time. There is so much to do, such as doctor visits, nursery preparations, baby showers, and so much more. The last thing you may think about during this time is going to the dentist.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all recommend that women continue with dental care throughout their pregnancy. This is especially true since oral health is directly related to overall health.
So, can you get dental work during pregnancy? Absolutely. And here is why it is so important.
The Impact of Pregnancy on Your Oral Health
Pregnancy has the ability to create dental issues and make some minor dental concerns into much bigger problems.
Tooth Decay. Morning sickness exposes all areas of your mouth to more acid than it’s used to – and this can lead to tooth decay. Combined with carb overload, you’ve got a double whammy.
Pregnancy Gingivitis. We all know that hormonal changes are always present during those 9 months. And because of this, pregnancy gingivitis is a common condition that involves inflammation, swelling, and tenderness of the gums. This can all be taken care of if you see your dentist.
Pregnancy Tumors. Small growths of tissue referred to as pregnancy tumors may appear on the gums during the second trimester. They aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they can be uncomfortable and impact your appearance.
A good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist throughout your pregnancy can give you the greatest chance of good oral health without any unnecessary complications.
Safe Dental Procedures During Pregnancy
Contrary to popular belief, there are many dental procedures that are safe during pregnancy, including dental x-rays. Yes, that is right – dental x-rays are deemed safe at this time because a shield is placed over you and the baby for protection. Not to mention that digital x-rays are much safer than traditional x-rays. While you may not want to have them done unnecessarily, it is good to know you can if your oral health warrants it.
Local anesthesia for dental procedures is what is used to keep you free from discomfort during treatments. Studies have shown that this is safe for women during pregnancy without any adverse effects.
Filling cavities, tooth extractions, and dental cleanings are also safe procedures to have at your dentist’s office during pregnancy. In fact, most dental procedures are safe during this time. The greater concern is usually about any necessary medications after the treatment, such as painkillers and antibiotics. You will want to discuss these things with your dentist and your obstetrician to ensure the safety of your little one.
Telling Your Dentist You are Pregnant
You never want to avoid the dentist during your pregnancy. Just be sure to inform your dentist that you are pregnant before your appointment begins. As you can tell, most dental procedures are safe during these 9 months, but, as a professional care provider, your dentist should be aware of your current condition. This will allow for extra precautions to ensure the safety of you and your baby.
To learn more about care during your pregnancy and treatment that is safe and gentle for you and your baby, contact Emerson Dental today. We have two convenient locations:
Westford, MA 978-399-0017
Bedford, MA 781-394-9213
Or, if you prefer, request an appointment online.