Visiting the Dentist While Pregnant - Dental Team FL



Visiting the Dentist While Pregnant

Being pregnant will mean you will be making lots of doctor’s appointments. And while it may not be at the top of your list, going to the dentist is an important part of your overall pregnancy health. You may have questions such as is it safe to visit the dentist while you are pregnant. The answer to that question is yes, and we will go through everything you can accomplish at the dentist while you are pregnant.

Should I tell them I’m pregnant?

It is important to let your dentist office know that you are pregnant. Let them know how far along you are. Also be sure to update your medication list with them and let them know if you have any concerns or instructions from your OB/GYN.

Does being pregnancy affect my oral health?

Most women go through their pregnancy with no additional dental discomfort. However, pregnancy can make some conditions worse or create new ones.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Hormones can affect your mouth during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums may also bleed a little when you floss or brush. If left untreated it can become more serious. So discuss your issues with your dentist if you have any of the symptoms.

Risk of Tooth Decay

Pregnant women can get cavities easier for a couple of reasons. This can include eating more carbohydrates, morning sickness, lack of brushing due to sensitive gag reflex or tender gums, and exhaustion. It’s very important to keep up healthy dental habits during pregnancy as poor dental habits have been linked with premature delivery and preeclampsia.

Pregnancy Tumors

Overgrowths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” appear on the gums usually during the second trimester. While it is not cancer it is swelling that happens most often between the teeth. They bleed, can be red an appearance and will most often disappear when your baby is born.

Local Anesthetics

During your pregnancy you may need a filling, a root canal or even a tooth pulled. It has been proven safe to receive local anesthetics such as lidocaine to numb your mouth before such procedures. They are safe for both you and your baby.

Dental X-rays While Pregnant

The short answer is yes, it is safe to get dental x-rays during pregnancy. Dental radiation from x-rays is extremely low, however your dental team will cover you with the lead apron to minimize exposure to the baby. They will also cover your neck with a lead color to protect your thyroid from radiation.

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