Pregnancy is usually a beautiful, exciting time in a woman’s life, but it is also a time filled with questions and concerns. Many expectant moms wonder about the safety and necessity of dental care during pregnancy. Here are the facts to set your mind at ease:
Routine Dental Care Is Crucial
Don’t put off your routine cleanings and dental exams simply because you are pregnant. Those appointments are not only safe, but they are also very important for the health and wellbeing of both you and your unborn child. Preventing gum disease and other oral infections during pregnancy reduces the risk of pre-term labor. Dental cleanings can help alleviate some unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as gingivitis, bleeding gums, and swelling of the gums, all of which can be associated with pregnancy hormones.
Dental Procedures Are Safe
While most non-essential dental procedures are best postponed until after the baby’s birth, emergency dental procedures can be done safely. Make sure your dentist knows you are pregnant so he or she can provide the best possible care to both you and your baby. Some of the antibiotics commonly prescribed for oral infections are safe for pregnant women, and anesthesia to numb the area is also safe. If an x-ray is needed, it can be done without harming the baby, but if that diagnostic test isn’t a requirement, it should be avoided.
Comfort Is Important
Staying comfortable and relaxed during visits to the dentist is important for the baby. Bring a pillow for your stomach, neck, or legs if needed. Take deep breaths to relax yourself during the appointments, and avoid long appointments during the third trimester so you don’t have to lie on your back for an extended period of time. To keep adequate circulation flowing, don’t cross your legs in the chair.
At Hudec Dental in Cleveland, we care about the health and safety of you and your unborn child. Our highly trained staff will provide the dental services you need before, during, and after your pregnancy. For an appointment, call us today at (216) 661-8888.