Dental visits during pregnancy

If you are feeling emotional, sick and bloated and are blooming at the same time, the chances are that you are pregnant! If it is the case, congratulation are in order.

Here is some information that every pregnant woman should know:

Visit your dentist during pregnancy

Because of hormone changes during pregnancy, some women's dental health needs more care during this time. For example, you may notice that your gums appear to bleed more easily.

 

Dental check-up and treatment are safe during pregnancy

Yes. Don't skip your dental check-up appointment simply because you are pregnant. There should be no problems with routine treatment. If you are not sure what your treatment would involve, talk about all the options with your dentist. Tell your dentist that you're pregnant so that if you need treatment, s/he can decide on the best type for you. Mercury amalgam fillings not recommended during pregnancy. Your dentist can suggest alternative fillings if you need them.

 

Gums bleeding

You may notice that your gums become sore and swollen during pregnancy, and they may bleed. This is due to hormone changes in your body. This means that you must keep your teeth and gums clean and visit your dentist regularly. You may also need appointments with the dental hygienist for thorough cleaning, and advice on caring for your teeth at home.

 

Dental x-rays

during pregnancy As a general rule, dentists prefer to avoid dental x-rays during pregnancy if possible. However, if you need root canal treatment you may need to have an x-ray.

 

Will pregnancy cause damage to my teeth?

There is no truth in the rumours about pregnancy causing tooth problems through a lack of calcium, or that you will lose one tooth for each child. Smoking and alcohol in pregnancy Smoking and drinking in pregnancy can lead to an underweight baby and also affect your unborn baby's dental health. An underweight baby has a greater risk of having poor teeth because of the tooth enamel not being formed properly. It is worth remembering that the adult teeth are already growing in the jaws below the baby teeth when your baby is born. So some babies whose mothers smoke and drink in pregnancy will have badly formed adult teeth too.

 

Diet during pregnancy

When you are pregnant you must have a healthy, balanced diet that has all the vitamins and minerals you and your baby need. You need to have a good diet so that your baby's teeth can develop. Calcium in particular is important to produce strong bones and healthy teeth. Calcium is in milk, cheese and other dairy products. Women who suffer from morning sickness may want to eat ‘little and often'. If you are often sick, rinse your mouth afterwards with plain water to prevent the acid in your vomit attacking your teeth. Try to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks between meals. This will protect your teeth against decay. If morning sickness is keeping you from brushing your teeth, change to a bland-tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. Ask your dentist or hygienist to recommend brands.

 

Can I take dental medications while pregnant?

Ideally, you should not take any medicines during pregnancy, especially during your first trimester. However, sometimes this is simply not possible because the benefits of a medicine outweigh the risks related to its use.

Most common dental medicines can be used during pregnancy. However, some such as sedatives and certain antibiotics should be avoided. Painkillers such as Acetaminophen, Acetaminophen with codeine (in small doses) can be taken during pregnancy.

 

Call us today and book you dental check-up now, the care for your baby starts before s/he is born.

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