Is it safe to go to the dentist when a woman is pregnant?

You will most likely have lots of questions throughout your nine months of pregnancy, especially if this is your first pregnancy. One common question: is it safe to go to the dentist when a woman is pregnant?

That’s what we’ll talk about in our blog post today, so join us!

 

Going to the dentist when you’re pregnant — go or not go? 

You want to take good care of yourself and your unborn baby during the nine months when he/she is rapidly developing. And taking care of your teeth and gums is just one way you can keep yourself and your baby healthy. 

In addition to regularly brushing and flossing your teeth at home, you should also continue going to the dentist for regular appointments. Regular six-month checkup appointments allow you to be sure your mouth is healthy, and if any problems arise, the dentist will be able to catch them early before they turn into bigger problems. 

So if you’re pregnant and haven’t gotten your teeth professionally cleaned in a while, call your dentist for an appointment. 

 

Taking care of your teeth and gums during pregnancy

As mentioned, brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is very important for a healthy mouth. Make sure you’re brushing 2-3 times per day and flossing 1-2 times per day. 

Routine brushing and flossing is especially important throughout nine months of pregnancy. This is because you are more susceptible to gum disease and “pregnancy tumors” (small, treatable growths inside the mouth) during this time. 

Going to the dentist when you’re pregnant allows your dentist to keep an eye out for early signs of gum disease or pregnancy tumors. 

If your dentist has any other recommendations to maintain optimal oral health, be sure to follow his/her instructions. 

 

Taking medications while you’re pregnant — what’s safe and not safe to take

If you need to have a dental procedure done while you’re pregnant, your dentist and/or you can consult with your OB-GYN regarding acceptable medications to take. Some medications aren’t safe or recommended to take while pregnant (or nursing) so it’s very important to speak with your doctor and/or dentist if you have any concerns. 

If a dental procedure requires medication that you cannot take while pregnant (or nursing), he or she may want to reschedule your appointment. 

 

Are dental x-rays safe when you’re pregnant?

The American Dental Association now says that getting x-rays are okay during pregnancy. Digital x-rays are important in detecting oral health problems, including inflamed tooth pulp, bone loss and hidden tooth decay. 

A study in 2004, however, found “an increase in low birth weight among women who had dental x-rays while pregnant.” To learn more about this study, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding x-rays during your pregnancy, talk to your dentist, OB-GYN, midwife, doula and/or family physician.

 

Should you schedule your dental appointment during pregnancy?

Yes, you should schedule a dental appointment during your pregnancy. Just be sure to let your dental hygienist and dentist know that you’re pregnant.

If you live in or near Marietta, GA, schedule your appointment with Dr. Shaila Mohip-Chahwala. We look forward to meeting you!

Sources:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/pregnancy/concerns

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/pregnancy-myths-and-facts.html