Fantastic and Congratulations! You’re having a baby, there is nothing in this world that will be more important to you in the coming months. You’ll be wondering every 5 minutes (and that’s no exaggeration, believe me) if what you are doing will affect your precious little package. Can I eat this, can I take that, can I have this done, can I have that done, can I go here, can I go there? Now of course, I am no OB/GYNE but I most definitely can share some pertinent information when it comes to your oral health and pregnancy.
Good dental care is important during all stages of life. Some women find that their teeth and gums are more sensitive during pregnancy. Gingivitis is the first reversible phase of gum disease. Patients may not be aware that they have gingivitis which is why coming in while your pregnant is so important.
The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists feel that it is best for overall health, and you SHOULD seek necessary dental work. General hygiene is permitted, radiographs (x-rays) may be taken if necessary, but abdomen and thyroid should be shielded. According to the American College of Radiology, no single diagnostic x-ray has a radiation dose significant enough to cause adverse effects in a developing embryo or fetus. If antibiotics are required, tetracycline should NOT be used. If you need a procedure such as periodontal treatment, root canal treatment or if you fracture a tooth:
Local anesthetic IS preferred to inhalation anesthesia (nitrous oxide) – as a pregnant woman, should be treated as if you have a full stomach and inhalation anesthesia can place you at risk for aspiration.
Lying back in a dental chair may be uncomfortable depending on which trimester you are in. You should bring a small pillow to place under one hip or the other to tip your uterus off the main vein that brings blood from your legs to your heart.
In conclusion, preventive dental care during pregnancy improves oral health and overall health and is safe for both mother and child. We look forward to seeing you and keeping you healthy and happy during one of the most important times in your life.
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