Like all aspects of your health, it’s important to take care of your oral hygiene while you are pregnant – but what can and can’t be done? Is it even safe to go to the dentist while pregnant? Let’s discuss all of the most frequently asked questions we get from expecting mothers.
#1: Can I Go to the Dentist While Pregnant?
Yes! Almost all of your routine dental care can be done at any point during your pregnancy – including some urgent procedures. That being said, it is always wise to reduce stress as much as possible; therefore, any elective dental procedures should be postponed until after delivery.
#2: Can I Take Medications My Dentist Recommends?
If you are taking dentist-recommended medication when you find out you are pregnant, you should alert your dentist and your OB/GYN immediately. Even if you are not taking medicine, it is wise to let your dentist know you are pregnant as soon as possible. When speaking with your dentist about medication, be sure to let them know exactly what other medications and vitamins you will be taking to term.
#3: Are Local Anesthetics Safe?
Suffering through a root canal without local anesthesia can be done, but it is not ideal. Fortunately, if you need to have a tooth pulled, a filling put in, or a root canal performed, local anesthesia is perfectly safe for both you and your baby.
#4: In Case of an Emergency: Are X-rays Safe?
While there has never been one single documentation of an X-ray’s radiation causing detrimental effects on a maturing embryo or fetus, your dentist will use extra caution to protect you and your baby if an emergency situation requires X-ray imaging. Your throat and belly will be covered with a lead blanket to protect your abdomen and thyroid from radiation.
#5: Will I Have Any Dental Discomfort During My Pregnancy?
Most women make it through a large portion (if not all) of their pregnancy with little to no dental discomfort, but there are a few things to note. First, the increase of hormones during a pregnancy can lead to a phenomenon called ‘dental gingivitis.’ This is where the gums become a bit tender and may lead to some bleeding during brushing and flossing.
Another common concern is the increased risk of cavities. We all know that pregnancy comes with cravings – and if those cravings are predominantly carbohydrates, that may lead to tooth decay. If curbing cravings is simply impossible, it may be wise to pay extra attention to your brushing and flossing routine while you are pregnant.
Dental Care in Hoover, AL
Are you searching for quality dental care in Hoover, AL, during your pregnancy? Barganier & LeCroy DMD are happy to help you on your journey to motherhood. We consider our patients part of our family, and would love to set up an appointment with you to discuss your pregnancy dental plan today!