What to Know About Seeing a Dentist While Pregnant
Posted on 7/15/2019 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
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 the things they do that may harm their growing baby. Because of those fears they may try to avoid doing some of the things they would normally 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 into the fear, it is better to learn the things you need to know about visits to our office while you are pregnant.
Oral Health Risks When Pregnant
Pregnancy changes the body and those changes can have a negative impact on 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 the pregnancy. During the second trimester, some women from pregnancy tumors. These are areas that swell between teeth.
Seeing the Dentist
During a pregnancy, it is important to visit our offices for regular checkups. When you do visit our office, it is also important to let us know if you are or think you are pregnant. That allows us to take some precautions and to avoid doing things that could harm the growing baby. We can alter the way we examine your teeth and gums to look for some of the issues that you are at risk for and we can also modify things such as x-rays to protect you and your baby.
When you do come to the office, let us know what medications you take including both prescription and over the counter. This helps us give you the right prescriptions if you need any. We can also consult with your doctor's office if we need to give you any medications to make sure 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.