Pregnancy and Dentistry: What You Can and Can’t Have Done

Pregnancy and DentistryWhen you’re pregnant, it may be difficult to squeeze in a visit to your dental practice in between medical check-ups for your health and your baby’s. You must make time for it, though, because hormonal changes caused by pregnancy also affect your oral health — the gums, especially.

While routine care will always be a priority, there are some things you must be wary about. Inform your Reading dentist of your pregnancy as soon as possible so that you can get proper treatment and so you could determine if certain procedures, like dental x-rays or sedation dentistry, should be put off.

Here are some guidelines on what to expect from your dentist when you’re pregnant.

What You Can Have Done

Routine treatments and emergency care are usually safe procedures for pregnant people. As a matter of fact, the first trimester of your pregnancy should only be for routine cleaning and check-ups because it’s a crucial period in the development of your baby’s major organs.

While other procedures may be postponed, dental emergencies are self-explanatory and must be addressed immediately. Just make sure your dentist is aware of your condition.

Another condition you may have to go to the dentist for during your pregnancy is pregnancy gingivitis. It is a periodontal condition which causes your gums to swell and bleed easily because of hormonal changes and sensitivity.

What You Have To Put Off

Your first trimester is particularly sensitive because of your baby’s development stage, and the third trimester is not going to be very comfortable either. Therefore, it’s best to put off any treatment other than routine care or emergency procedures during the given time.

Additionally, dentists tend to postpone dental x-rays and treatments that need sedation until after you’ve given birth, as they may affect your pregnancy and the baby. Cosmetic dentistry, also, can wait until after your baby is born. You may want that perfect smile, but your health and your child’s health are more important.

Pregnancy brings with it some complications which potentially affect your oral health. One example is morning sickness; the acids in the vomit increase the risk of tooth decay. Hence, it’s still important to spare time for your dentist in between check-ups with your OB/GYN.