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Going to the Dentist during Pregnancy. How safe is it?

Even though the baby is keeping you busy with trips to the doctor, setting up the nursery and picking out names, don’t let arranging an appointment with your dentist drop from your to-do list.  Keeping your regular checkup schedule while pregnant is safe and important for your dental health.  Go ahead and have your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled before the baby is born.  Your dentist can also talk to you about pregnancy related dental issues.

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What your dentist needs to know and addressing concerns.

Even if your pregnancy hasn’t been confirmed, tell your dental office there might be a possibility. They will want to know how far along you are, concerns from your doctor and any medications you are taking.   For women who are a high-risk or have a specific medical conditions, your dentist might chose to postpone certain treatments.

Hormonal changes can affect your mouth. What is known as pregnancy gingivitis can cause inflammation of the gums, making them tender and swollen.   Some women even experience mild bleeding of their gums when they floss or brush.  Left unchecked, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease.

For a number of reasons, pregnant women are more likely to get cavities.  The more carbohydrates you consume the higher the risk of tooth decay.   That fun thing called morning sickness can elivate the amount of acid your mouth is used to, stripping away the outer covering of your tooth enamel.  Being constantly tired and having a more sensitive gag reflex can make brushing teeth and flossing too much of a chore.

During the second trimester, pregnancy tumors may appear on the gums.  This overgrowth of tissue is not cancer but rather a swelling that occurs most often between the teeth.  Some research has linked the tumors to excessive plaque build-up.  Lumps are red and raw looking.  Thankfully, they usually disappear after the baby is born.

If you need pain medication or antibiotics during your pregnancy your dentist can consult with your physician to determine what type Is best for you and the baby.

Be assured that the numbing medications your dentist will use for a filling, tooth extraction or root canal are extremely safe.  According to the ADA, the consequences of not treating a dental problem while pregnant outweigh the possible risks of the medications used during a dental procedure.

If you need an x-ray during pregnancy rest assured the radiation you will receive is extremely low.  Your dental technician will cover you with a leaded apron to minimize exposure to the abdomen.  Some dental offices will also cover your neck with a leaded color to protect your thyroid.

Dental care and procedures can be done at any time during your pregnancy.   However, the optimal time to visit your dentist is in the second trimester, weeks 14 through 20.

For more questions and concerns about dental care during pregnancy talk to the best Dentist in Albuquerque at (505) 293-7611.

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