Dental health during pregnancy
There are a lot of questions revolving around dental health. However, this is even more prominent during pregnancy when various pains and aches may not be easily treated. Fear and uncertainty, when it comes to various dental procedures or occurrences like losing teeth and bleeding gums, may raise some worries when expecting.
With that in mind, experts at ExpressDentist.com collated a list of frequently asked questions regarding dental health during pregnancy by reviewing multiple article sources. Craig Anderson, spokesperson from ExpressDentist.com then consulted in-house expert Dr. Greg Grillo to provide some insight to help ease any worries once and for all.
In-house expert Dr. Greg Grillo, from ExpressDentist.com comments on dental health during pregnancy:
Is it safe to see the dentist while pregnant? Are dental X-rays and anesthesia safe when expecting?
“Dental visits are safe during pregnancy, and dental x-rays can also safely be used with a lead apron and thyroid collar, especially with today’s low-dose digital imaging systems. Your dentist may even recommend extra cleanings during your second trimester and early third trimester to help control gum inflammation.”
Is it safe to get a dental procedure while pregnant? If so, what dental treatment can you have during pregnancy? Can you get a tooth pulled when pregnant?
“Most forms of treatment are safe, and most anesthetics can be used for comfortable treatment, including tooth extractions. But your dentist may choose to schedule routine procedures during the second trimester.”
Gum bleeding during pregnancy, what are the causes and prevention? And can dental problems e.g. tooth infection, root canal, gum disease, or poor dental health affect pregnancy?
“Make sure you’re brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once daily before, during, and after pregnancy. Gum disease has been correlated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. Hormone changes can lead to increased gum inflammation and bleeding, and changes in eating habits, difficulty brushing due to gagging, and vomiting can increase the risk of oral disease during pregnancy.”
Do you need to change your daily dental habits/routines? Do you lose a tooth with each baby?
“All of these factors (mentioned above) underscore the importance of daily habits and regular preventive visits. But contrary to popular belief, you’re not likely to lose a tooth with each baby if you maintain a conscientious routine. Consider pregnancy as a time to enhance oral care habits and you’ll enjoy your teeth for a lifetime.”