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Can You Go to the Dentist When You’re Pregnant?

Jul 18, 2018 · Filed under Education

Dr. Kyle Carney

Yes! In fact, it’s actually imperative for you to get dental checkups when you’re expecting. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that can increase the risk of developing gum disease which can affect the health of your developing baby. So, make sure you visit your dentist before, during, and after pregnancy.

Dr. Kyle Carney

Regular Appointments

First off, don’t skip your dental check-up appointments, as this could result in gum disease and tooth decay. During the first trimester, your hormones increase rapidly and make your teeth more vulnerable to decay. Your gums can become swollen and inflamed, then they are prone to bleed easily. If these aren’t addressed and looked after by a professional, these issues could compound and lead to gingivitis.

Once you’re at your appointment, tell your dentist you’re pregnant. Not only will you get another “Congratulations!”, but it’s also important for them to know of any big health changes in general. Make sure you also tell your dentist the names and dosages of drugs you’re taking, as that might affect the medication you might receive during procedures.

Your diet factors in, too. Eat right for baby and your teeth. Avoid sugary snacks and eat a healthy diet as discussed with your doctor.

Major Dental Work

If possible, we do suggest that you schedule any major dental work during the second trimester. However, if you have a dental emergency, don’t wait!

There have often been concerns about pregnancy with anesthesia and radiation from x-rays. However, according to the American College of Radiology, no diagnostic x-ray has a radiation dose large enough to affect a developing embryo or fetus. In regards to procedures like cavity fillings and root canals, small doses of anesthesia are perfectly safe for those expecting.

If you put off seeking treatment, it’ll likely lead to further complications.

Your Baby’s Dental Health

Another upside to getting essential dental work done when you’re pregnant? According to the ACOG, it may decrease your chances of passing cavity-causing bacteria on to your baby, helping to lessen your child’s future risk of cavities.

Effects of Morning Sickness

Many people deal with morning sickness during pregnancy. If morning sickness keeps you from brushing your teeth, change to bland-tasting toothpaste. Ask your dentist or hygienist for a brand recommendation. And of course, rinse your mouth with water if you have morning sickness frequently.

Dr. Robert Hortman

We hope this helps you navigate your pregnancy a little easier. If you have any more questions, or if you want to schedule an appointment, please get in touch! We’re looking forward to helping you.

Dr. Robert Hortman

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