The Dentist and the Mum-to-Be

Pregnant Woman in a Dental ClinicNow that you are having a baby, you have probably got hyper-cautious about what you put into your body and what medical procedures are ok for you. No doubt, you are wondering whether it is ok to visit the dentist and if so, what treatments you can have when you are there.

Actually, it’s very important for both you and your baby that you visit the dentist. A variety of oral health treatments – including teeth cleaning, x-rays, pain medication, and local anaesthesia – are safe throughout pregnancy, if carried out by an experienced dentist. Many dentists, such as at All Smiles Dental in Bromley understand that pregnant women have important dental needs as hormonal changes in your body can increase the risk of gum disease.

There is a condition that you may get called pregnancy gingivitis. The symptoms include red and swollen gums and they can become apparent within 2 months of your pregnancy. The gum disease is caused by higher than normal levels of the hormone progesterone, which affects the body’s response to bacteria. Your dentist will remove any build-up of plaque and can apply a fluoride treatment to protect your teeth from further decay.

Planning ahead

If you are trying for a baby, remember that any issues that affect your health, can also affect your baby’s health. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to get any dental problems addressed before conception. While there is no evidence to suggest that dental work is not a good idea during pregnancy, you are recommended to avoid dental treatments during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester.

You can go for a dental check-up at any stage in your pregnancy, but if you want procedures that require surgery, such as dental implants, it is better to wait until you’ve had your baby.

 Watch what you eat

It is really important to avoid sugary foods throughout your pregnancy. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and trying to keep a healthy and balanced diet, will be beneficial for you and your baby in the long run.

Don’t forget to tell the dentist

When you schedule your appointment, tell your dentist about your pregnancy. They can then customise your dental care and keep an eye out for health problems.