Mothers do everything they can to help prepare for a healthy baby. Maintaining good oral health during pregnancy is essential to your overall health. Dental care is even more important when pregnant, as you are at higher risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental issues. However, many pregnant mothers avoid visiting their dentists during pregnancy as it is a mistaken belief that visiting the dentist while pregnant can be harmful to you or your baby.
Which is the best time to visit your dentist during pregnancy?
Dental care during pregnancy is an essential part of prenatal care. Dentists recommend that women receive care regardless of the stage of pregnancy and the second trimester is typically the best time to procedure be completed. Even though it is safe to receive dental care at any time during pregnancy, it’s better to be extra careful in the first trimester because that period is critical for the developing fetus. Some mothers may also have morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy, making it uncomfortable to attend dental checkups.
You may find it difficult to be seated long on the dental chair in the third trimester. Therefore, from a comfort point of view, dental treatment is more straightforward in the second trimester. However, emergency dental care which involves infection or pain should always be dealt with immediately, regardless of the stage of pregnancy.
Are x-rays safe during pregnancy?
Be assured that the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral conditions, including x-rays, are safe during pregnancy. Although x-rays are safe, your dentist may recommend avoiding them during the first trimester. In addition, inform your dentist that you are pregnant so he can use a lead apron around your belly as a precaution.
Can local anaesthesia be harmful to the fetus?
Local anaesthesia is also safe for both mother and the baby, but you must inform your dentist about your pregnancy so they can choose a suitable treatment.
What happens if I delay my dental treatment during pregnancy?
Leaving dental diseases untreated can have a significant impact on your overall health, which means it can have a considerable influence on your baby too. So, keep up your regular dental visits and ask your dentist for more advice.
Research shows that many women can develop gum diseases, especially gingivitis during pregnancy. If left untreated gingivitis can progress into periodontitis. Periodontal disease in some studies, has been associated with low birth weights and preterm birth. So it’s always better to have a dental checkup once you are pregnant or if you’re planning a pregnancy.
Pregnancy comes with cravings where you tend to snack more which may decay your teeth. Likewise, morning sickness with vomiting can erode your teeth fast due to the increased acidity in the mouth. So it’s crucial to take measures to avoid the risk of dental decay by visiting your dentists for dental care.
You may find it challenging to maintain proper dental hygiene due to nausea. Your dental hygienist at London Specialist Dentists may advise and provide you with a customised hygiene plan to suit you.
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