Congratulations, you’re expecting! Your pregnancy can be an exciting and busy time. However, don’t forget to maintain good dental health during your pregnancy. It’s essential for both you and your developing baby. As an expecting mother, you likely have questions about your dental health during pregnancy. Here are answers to some common questions asked by Hendricks County moms-to-be.
Should I continue to see my dentist during pregnancy? Is it safe? Regular oral examinations and professional teeth cleanings are not only safe during pregnancy, they’re recommended. Your pregnancy can cause hormonal changes that can increase your risk of gingivitis, an infection of the gums that causes swelling, tenderness and gum bleeding. In turn, gum disease can affect the health of your unborn child. Just make sure to tell Dr. Jon Erickson and his staff at Danville Family Dentistry (located in Hendricks County, IN) that you’re pregnant and if you’ve noticed any changes in your dental health during pregnancy.
How can I prevent gingivitis from occurring? Avoid sugary snacks to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day to remove plaque. Also, floss daily to remove plaque found between your teeth. If brushing causes morning sickness, rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash.
When should I see Dr. Erickson for checkups and cleanings? Schedule checkups and cleanings during your first and second trimesters.
What if I need major dental work (such as fillings, tooth extractions, root canals or crowns) completed? As a safety measure, avoid major dental work during your first trimester when your baby’s major organs are developing. Schedule these types of procedures during your second trimester. However, if it’s a dental emergency, schedule an appointment as soon as possible since infections can be harmful to you and your baby. As for elective or cosmetic dental work, postpone these types of procedures until after your baby is born.
Are dental x-rays safe during pregnancy? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, dental x-rays are safe during pregnancy. But rest assured, if an x-ray is necessary to perform a dental procedure, Dr. Erickson and his staff will use a protective apron to minimize any exposure to you and your baby.
Can I take medications used in dental work during pregnancy? Remember to let Dr. Erickson know that you’re pregnant. Local anesthesia is safe during dental procedures, as well as antibiotics like penicillin or amoxicillin used to treat infections. However, other medications, like tetracycline which can stain your baby’s developing teeth, need to be avoided.
Remember: Your dental health is an important part of your general health. If you notice any changes in your dental health during pregnancy, call Danville Family Dentistry in Hendricks County at 317-745-4400 to schedule an appointment.