Maintaining great dental health is important during all phases of your life; during your reproductive years if pregnancy should occur, you want to be prepared to keep your baby and yourself as healthy as possible. Teeth begin to form in the womb so following a healthy diet and taking prescribed vitamins are important to the proper and healthy development of your baby’s teeth.
Is it safe to see the dentist while pregnant?
Absolutely, however you should always remind your dentist and assistants of your condition with every visit. If you are actively trying to become pregnant, visit your dentist for a thorough cleaning and dental exam to correct any potential problems before they can escalate. If you are aware of your pregnancy, but you have not told anyone else yet, please tell your dentist. It is important for the health of you and your infant that anyone treating you is aware of your condition.
All non-emergency visits should be scheduled during the second trimester or early in the third trimester, if possible. Dental x-rays are safe; a protective apron will shield you and your baby from the small amount of radiation needed for a dental x-ray.
Potential Dental Problems During Pregnancy
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to dental problems such as bleeding or irritated gum tissue; if you suffer from morning sickness, the acids in vomit can lead to the erosion of dental enamel. The pregnant woman may not want to brush her teeth as placing a toothbrush in the mouth may result in a gag reflex.
Tips to help prevent this involve switching to a different flavor of toothpaste; plan to rinse with a product recommended by your dentist during periods of morning sickness; change your brushing schedule to when you are less likely to experience gagging.
Very often with pregnancy a woman’s diet may change impacting oral health. It is more important than ever to try to keep dental plaque from building on teeth so if your diet has changed, make sure you are doing everything to keep your teeth in shape … this means brushing and flossing every day.
For additional information or to schedule a visit, contact our team at Howl Dental today.