To say pregnancy causes major changes in the body is an understatement. But don’t neglect proper dental care during this all-important time of life.
According to WebMD, hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase the risk of gum disease. But good dental care can help mitigate that risk. To that end, we’ve put together this list of tips for dental care during pregnancy.
Here are a few of the highlights.
Let your dentist know
Letting your dentist know about your pregnancy can help him or her craft your care.
As we wrote, “As a precautionary measure, dental treatments during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester should be avoided as much as possible, except in the case of an emergency. These are critical times in the baby’s growth and development and it’s simply wise to avoid exposing the mother to procedures that could in any way influence the baby’s growth and development.”
And wait on elective procedures until after the pregnancy.
Avoid dental X-Rays
Though dental X-Rays can be done when you’re pregnant, it’s best to avoid them.
“If X-rays are essential (such as in a dental emergency), your dentist will use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby. Advances in technology have made X-rays much safer today than in past decades,” we wrote.
Keep your check up appointments
Don’t skip your dental check up when you’re pregnant.
As we wrote, “Now more than any other time, regular periodontal (gum) exams are very important, because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily, a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Pay particular attention to any changes in your gums during pregnancy. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with your dentist or periodontist as soon as possible.”