Receiving Dental Treatments While Pregnant – Is it Safe?
Pregnancy introduces a range of emotions as well as quite the list of do’s and don’ts. Some of these suggestions/policies leave to-be mothers question the safety of a number of activities. A number of situations like getting your nails done, hair dyed, or other activities that involve substances that impact one’s environment are up for debate of whether they are safe to do or not. Women should no longer avoid dental care because of pregnancy.
A new study released in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association showed that there is no evidence to support dental treatment with anesthetics is harmful for pregnant women. In fact, neglecting to take care of necessary dental health while pregnant could prove to be problematic. According to the Dental-Tribune...
“A mother’s oral health during pregnancy is critical, as pregnant women may have increased risk of tooth decay because of increased carbohydrate consumption and difficulties brushing their teeth because of morning sickness…”
Here are some of the top ways to stop on top of your dental health while pregnant:
• Make your dental visits a regular occurrence – doing so will ensure that you are up to date with your oral health before you are pregnant.
• Continue to be vigilant in flossing and brushing as a woman’s oral health can shift due to the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy. A visit with your dentist at some point during your pregnancy is a good idea to check in and ensure things are healthy and not at risk for conditions such as periodontal disease or gingivitis.
• If you find you are having a hard time with morning sickness, switching to a toothpaste with a more bland taste can help, along with washing out your mouth real well with water once brushing your teeth.
Bottom line: pregnancy is not an excuse to avoid your dentist – in fact, staying in contact with your dentist can help prevent a number of issues that could present themselves due to pregnancy. For the health of yourself and the health of your child, visiting your dentist is a critical part of your health plan for your family.
Article last time updated on 08.12.2016.