In between baby shopping, announcement parties, shower planning, hospital tours, and a million other things, pregnancy leaves you with a full plate.
It’s easy to let routine dental work fall by the wayside.
But poor oral health could cause harm to both you and your baby. Seeing a dentist regularly is vital to ensuring the health of you and your little one is in tip-top shape.
What Makes Dental Care So Important During Pregnancy?
Visiting your dentist isn’t just safe during pregnancy — it’s an important part of keeping you and your baby healthy.
The hormonal changes caused by pregnancy can increase your risk of dental issues such as dry mouth, gingivitis, or periodontal disease. The latter in particular can lead to premature birth and/or low birth weight. These increase the risk of your baby suffering numerous health issues.
Dental Concerns During Pregnancy
Are Dental Anaesthetics Safe While Pregnant?
If you need teeth pulled, filling placed, or root canals performed, you’ll likely need an anesthetic to minimize pain. Most local anesthetics do nothing more than numb the area in which they’re applied — so they’re safe if pregnant. Still, you can discuss all of your options with your dentist before the procedure if you’re unsure.
Can I Get X-Rays While Pregnant?
Mouth X-rays are generally safe during pregnancy, but your dentist will still take precautions. They’ll only take x-rays that they absolutely need — but not routine checkup x-rays — and they should provide you a lead apron to drape on your belly and keep your baby safe.
Continue Your Healthy Oral Habits
You’re likely snacking more due to pregnancy cravings, which can accelerate the buildup of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Consequently, your oral health habits magnify in importance.
Make sure you’re brushing and flossing daily. You can use mouthwash as well, but make sure it’s alcohol-free, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Eat a balanced, healthy as much as possible, as your diet can influence the development of your baby’s teeth. Additionally, avoiding sugar will minimize plaque buildup in your mouth, making oral health management easier.
Additionally, rinses your mouth with water regularly. This will further help keep sugar out of your mouth, as well as keep your mouth clean if you experience morning sickness.
Your Baby’s Dental Care
Continue your healthy habits and dental visits after your baby is born. Schedule your baby’s first appointment six months after birth or when their first tooth grows in — whichever comes sooner.
If you have concerns about your dental health while pregnant, Absolute Smile in Philadelphia is here to help. Our caring professionals take extra precautions to keep you and your baby healthy, and they’ll happily answer any questions or concerns you have. Contact us today!