What to Know About Seeing a Dentist While Pregnant

Pregnancy is both a thrilling and terrifying time for a woman. They are excited about bringing a new life into the world, and they worry about what they do that may harm their growing baby. Because of those fears, they may try to avoid doing some of the things they would typically do.

One of their fears may include heading to our office. They worry that some of the things we do could harm their baby. Instead of giving in to the fear, it is better to learn what you need to know about visits to our office while pregnant.

Oral Health Risks When Pregnant

Pregnancy changes the body, and those changes can harm your oral health. One issue that a pregnant woman faces is pregnancy gingivitis. The hormones the body releases during pregnancy can lead to swelling, tenderness, and inflammation of the gums. There is also an increased risk of tooth decay during pregnancy. During the second trimester, some women from pregnancy tumors. These are areas that swell between teeth.

Seeing The Dentist

During pregnancy, it is essential to visit our offices for regular checkups. When you do call our office, it is also necessary to let us know if you are or think you are pregnant. That allows us to take some precautions and avoid doing things that could harm the growing baby. For example, we can alter how we examine your teeth and gums to look for some of the issues you are at risk for, and we can also modify things such as x-rays to protect you and your baby.

When you come to the office, let us know what medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter. This helps us give you the proper medicines if you need any. We can also consult your doctor’s office if we need to provide you with any medications to ensure they don’t conflict with the prenatal care you are under.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.