Yeyyy… Congratulations! This is of course the time to be the most concern and careful about your overall health. I mean really …this is the time to go visit your Healthcare Physician, OB/GYN and of course your Dentist.
Your dental cleaning should be schedule now. If plaque isn’t removed, it may lead to gigivitis an susequestly to more serious periodontal diseases, which have been linked to pre-term and low-weight babies.
Know that pregnant women have a risk of increase inflammation of the gums because of a surge in estrogen and progesterone, and as such.
- Strict attention to dental hygiene and regular cleanings with your dentist are a must in order to keep teeth and gums clean, and to prevent plaque from forming.
- Some times it is necessary to have more that two cleanings a year which is the recommended frecuency.
Dental work such as cavity fillings and crowns should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time.
The safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary major dental work until after the birth. However, sometimes emergency dental work such as a root canal or tooth extraction is necessary.
As your dental physician, I am here to help you and your family though each dental situation and life stage. Regular visits and an open communication about any changes in your life will allow us to monitor your oral health and keep your smiling.
During pregnancy, we take extra precautions regarding your treatment or x-ray schedule. So, let us know if you think you are pregnant. Schedule your dental cleaning today. Better yet, try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined, and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy.
Now let’s be extreme for a second, If you need to schedule an emergency visit, let the office know about your pregnancy before you arrive. Discuss any stresses, past miscarriages and drugs you are taking as these can all have an influence on how we will attend your needs. As your dentist, I may also want to consult with your physician before any major treatment is started.
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