The first few months of a new pregnancy can be filled with ups and downs, from uncomfortable physical changes to the joys of wondering what the baby’s sex will be. Most mothers know automatically from pop culture and informational texts that they will need to avoid certain foods, take pre-natal vitamins, and let their roots grow out, but what they may not realize is that oral health should be on the top of their pregnancy to-do lists.
Our number one piece of advice is to schedule a check up at the dentist during your pregnancy. While pregnant, your body is going through changes at a microscopic level that can affect the health of your teeth and gums and add unforeseen difficulties.
According to mouthhealthy.org, pregnant woman are prone to a few oral health related issues that a check up can either prevent or diagnose quickly. These can include pregnancy gingivitis, increased risk of tooth decay, and even non-cancerous pregnancy “tumors” which are simply plaque related areas of swelling that can show up on the gums.
Before even considering all of these potential consequences of pregnancy (some of which simply stem from changes in diet and hormones), keep in mind that it is perfectly safe to visit the dentist while pregnant. The American Dental Association (ADA) has even stated that dental treatment “…is safe throughout pregnancy…”
Your dentist is trained to be just as careful as any other practicing “Dr.” and will be sure to determine the safety of local anesthetics, X-rays, and any prescriptions they may prescribe. Make sure to let them know you are pregnant and then they can tailor any necessary treatment with that important consideration in mind.
Armed with this information, you can fully engage in a holistic approach to health care during your pregnancy. Protect your teeth!