If you are pregnant or planning to conceive, schedule a visit to your family dentistry and check your oral and periodontal health as soon as possible. Rise in hormone levels during pregnancy can cause gums to swell, bleed and trap food. This may lead to gum irritation and/or infection which is not good for you or your baby. Periodontal disease (gum disease) has been linked to pre-term births and low-weight babies.
Important guidelines for visits to your family dentistry during pregnancy:
Make good dental health and practices part of your pre-natal planning.
- Let your dentist know you are pregnant, or planning a baby.
- Schedule dental visits early in your pregnancy because sitting in a dental chair during the third trimester can be uncomfortable.
- Keep your legs uncrossed while you sit in the dentist’s chair to improve circulation.
- Take a pillow to help keep you and the baby more comfortable.
- Postpone elective dental work like teeth whitening till after the baby is born.
- Do not have any dental x-rays done until after delivery.
- Emergency dental care and use of anesthetics during pregnancy are safe.
Maintaining good oral health contributes to your overall well-being, a safe delivery and a healthy baby. Here are some ways to keep healthy.
Tips for dental care during pregnancy
- Eat a balanced diet
- Brush your teeth thoroughly with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day
- Floss daily
- Have preventive exams and cleanings during your pregnancy
- Postpone non-emergency dental work until the second trimester or until after delivery, if possible
Watch this video to learn more about your visits to a family dentistry during pregnancy.
Healthy gums and good dental care are critical when you are having a baby. It is helps avoid any type of infection and the consequent risks. Visit your family dentistry to discuss and address your dental concerns during this special time.