If you clicked on this article, chances are you may be expecting! First off, congratulations from all of us here at Gabhart Family Dentistry. We are all about family and so glad that you’re growing yours! Here are a few tips on dentistry work while your little bundle of joy is getting bigger and bigger.
- DO visit the Dentist
The common misconception is to halt all medical procedures that may cause harm to your baby; however, that isn’t necessarily true. Preventative dental cleanings and annual exams are safe and encouraged during the pregnancy. Some studies have linked oral infections (gum disease) to preterm birth, so make sure to continue preventative dental work.
Also, the second trimester is the ideal time to have any work done. Once you hit the third trimester, it becomes more difficult lie on your back and withstand a full procedure of any kind.
- DON’T do any extra cosmetic procedures
Hold off on the teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures until after the birth. While you might want to continue these procedures during your pregnancy, they might still pose a risk to the baby and thus should be postponed. Better to air on the side of caution, even if it means your teeth aren’t white as snow for a few months.
- DO eat a healthy diet
Pregnancy is not a “free pass” for eating whatever you want, and however much you want because you’re eating for two people. Try to stay away from highly acidic foods and anything that is high in sugar. Sticky and chewy foods also pose more of a risk for an unexpected dental emergency.
- DON’T use excessive amounts of anesthesia (if needed for a procedure)
There are many medications that are used during dental work, and Lidocaine is the most common. Studies have shown that Lidocaine does cross the placenta, therefore possibly affecting your baby. With that being said, if you need dental work try to use as little anesthesia as possible while still remaining comfortable.
Now you’re probably wondering about the X-rays and luckily, those are safe! Per the American College of Radiology, X-rays are considered safe during pregnancy with proper shielding.
Again, congratulations on your growing little tike, and come visit us for a regular cleaning soon!