10 Questions about Dental Care During Pregnancy

Dental Care During Pregnancy

Dental care during pregnancy is extremely important. From keeping up with daily oral hygiene to monitoring changes in the mouth, the more in-tune you are with your oral health, the healthier your baby will be. Here we’ll answer 10 common questions about Dental Care During Pregnancy.

Can I go to the dentist while pregnant?

Not only can you go to the dentist during pregnancy – you should! Leaving tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems without treatment can be harmful. Your dental health has a big impact on your overall health,

Even when you’re not pregnant, we advise making regular trips to the dentist. For many people, a check-up every six months is best, but your circumstances may dictate how frequently you should go. So it’s important when you’re dealing with hormone changes and cravings that can put your oral health at greater risk.

Your dentist will often recommend making several appointments during your pregnancy so they can check your teeth and gums, recommend adjustments to your oral care routine or carry out any treatments needed.

If you’re planning to get pregnant soon, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist and get any outstanding dental issues

Are x-rays safe?

One of the most common concerns people have about visiting the dentist while pregnant is exposure to radiation from x-rays.

However, modern dental x-rays use very low doses of radiation and a single dose is not usually high enough to cause any effects in the development of the fetus. The dentist will also make sure your baby is safe from the radiation by using a lead apron and thyroid guard.

Although x-rays are safe, the dentist may still recommend avoiding them during the first trimester. But if you have a dental emergency or severe, non-specific pain, your dentist still needs x-rays to treat you effectively.

Can I have an anesthetic?

If you need to have a dental procedure while pregnant, your dentist can use anesthetic safely to numb the pain. You must inform your dentist about your pregnancy so they can choose suitable anesthetics and set appropriate levels.

Your dentist will use the lowest concentration of anesthesia possible for the type of procedure being carried out, but still enough to help you feel relaxed. When you feel comfortable, your body and your baby will be placed under less stress.

Can I get a tooth pulled when pregnant?

Extractions are a last resort for dentists, who will always try to save your tooth if possible. But if your tooth is too badly damaged by decay, it could put your oral health at risk and should be removed.

Does a root canal affect pregnancy?

If tooth decay reaches the inside of your tooth where the nerve endings are, this can be extremely painful. Root canal treatment can stop the pain by removing the infected tissue and restoring the tooth with a natural-looking crown.

If you have a dental emergency, a root canal can be performed at any stage of pregnancy. However, the ideal time for dental surgery is during the second trimester.

Can I whiten my teeth while pregnant?

You can whiten your teeth while you’re pregnant, but your dentist may recommend waiting until after the birth.

You should avoid Teeth whitening during the third trimester in particular, as you may find it uncomfortable to lie still while the whitening gel is applied and cured.

If you’re using a home teeth whitening kit, you should check that the concentration of hydrogen peroxide is no more than 6%. Higher concentrations can potentially cause tissue damage unless applied by a professional.

Can I have orthodontic treatment while pregnant?

If you are already undergoing orthodontic treatment, you shouldn’t stop just because you are pregnant. You can even have new braces fitted during your pregnancy, although your orthodontist may recommend that you wait until after the birth.

Getting braces requires x-rays, which your dentist might want to avoid during the first trimester. If your face and mouth change during pregnancy, this could mean that your brakes need to be adjusted. These changes can increase the overall cost.

Some women experience swelling of the gums during pregnancy, which can sometimes irritate brace wires and brackets. Your dentist can provide safe gels to help numb the pain, or you may prefer removable plastic aligners if you only need to fix a minor orthodontic issue.

How can I avoid dental treatments?

If you already follow a good oral hygiene routine, it’s less likely you’ll need to correct dental problems during pregnancy. As well as regular brushing and flossing, you should try to avoid acting on unhealthy cravings and make sure you keep up with regular dental check-ups.

You should also avoid brushing teeth straight after morning sickness, as this can damage the enamel surface of your teeth. Instead, rinse your mouth with water and brush after waiting 30 minutes. 

Can gum disease affect pregnancy?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that attacks the gum tissue and in more severe cases, the bone supporting the teeth. If you didn’t treat it, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and has been associated with other systemic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Several studies have suggested that women with periodontal disease may be more likely to deliver babies prematurely or with low-birth weight than mothers with healthy gums.

Is cleaning teeth safe when pregnant?

it’s especially important to have a dental checkup, dental cleaning, and any necessary treatment during pregnancy. Delaying necessary treatment for oral health problems during pregnancy could result in significant risk to you and your baby.

Teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene. It involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth to help prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease.

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