The short answer is yes.
In fact, it is recommended that regular dental visits for a routine check and professional cleaning is included in every expecting mothers’ to-do list as good oral health is important for a healthy pregnancy.
The common misconception is that dental pain is normal during pregnancy or that dental treatment can harm the baby. However, the truth is that the negligence in oral health may result in gum disease which is linked to higher rates of miscarriage and premature deliveries.
Even if you may have healthy gums previously, the hormonal changes that occur to your body during pregnancy makes the gums more sensitive to the effects of bacterial plaque, giving rise to pregnancy gingivitis (early stage of gum disease). When that happens, bleeding, swollen, tender or red gums are some of the warning signs that you may observe. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to more advanced stages of gum disease.
Therefore, do continue to visit the dentist for routine checks and professional cleaning when you are pregnant to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. If you are pregnant and have not had your dental health checked, it is time to schedule a visit to your local dentist.
Can I have dental treatment when I am pregnant?
When necessary or during emergencies (eg. tooth decay detected or dental pain experienced), your dentist may perform dental treatments such as fillings, root canal treatment, crowns or tooth extraction to reduce the risk of infection.
At any stage of pregnancy, remember to inform your dentist so that the appropriate medication can be prescribed.
Is it safe to take dental x-rays when I am pregnant?
There might be instances where you would be required to take a dental x-ray. Be rest assured that the radiation from dental x-rays is extremely low.
For example, one large dental x-ray is equivalent to one day of background radiation. A four-hour flight also exposes you to the equivalent of one day of background radiation.
We also help to limit the exposure to radiation further by the routine use of a lead apron that would cover your abdomen.
In conclusion, your dentist is concerned about the well-being of you and your baby. Do not be afraid to share your concerns with your dentist if there are any.
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