We highly recommend that you have a thorough dental exam and all necessary x-rays if you are trying to become pregnant. The last thing you want is to have a true dental emergency during pregnancy. It would be ideal to complete the dental work prior to pregnancy and anything non-critical can wait until after the pregnancy. To learn more, contact your general dentist Loxahatchee FL.
Dental Care During Pregnancy
Women should maintain good oral hygiene by brushing their teeth at least twice a day. Flossing is highly recommended every night. Gums have a tendency to become irritated during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, and good home care will keep that inflammation to a minimum.
It is OK to attend normal dental visits during pregnancy, such as cleanings and fillings. Patients should inform their dentist if they are or may be pregnant. In most cases, dentists would prefer to perform basic treatments. We typically treat, any critical dental work that cannot wait, during the 2nd and early on the 3rd trimester. Any true dental emergency treatment should be treated right away regardless of pregnancy status.
Dental Care After Pregnancy
After childbirth, dental treatments can and should resume as usual.
Are Dental X-Rays Dangerous?
Although the dental radiation exposure is very low, it is always better to be on the safe side and avoid it if possible. Typically, avoid x-rays during the first trimester. The only exception is during a true dental emergency. Limiting radiation frequency and exposure is the best precaution. X-rays during the 2nd and 3rd trimester are okay but it is safer to avoid those as well, if possible. As a rule of thumb, the more advanced in your pregnancy; the safer it is to take x-rays.
Can I Take Medications?
Always consult your OBGYN about what medications can or cannot be taken. Most dentists will not prescribe any medications unless they have a written letter from the OBGYN. It is best practice to obtain such letter and forward it to your dentist in order to save time and hassle should you develop a dental emergency.
General Dentist Loxahatchee FL
We want to hear from you. We understand there are many questions surrounding your pregnancy and oral care. Contact Lakeview Dental today to learn more about your pregnancy and dental care. Give us a call today!