Often when a woman becomes pregnant, their soon-to-be baby becomes the number one priority, causing them to put other aspects of their health behind. One of these health aspects is dental care. Dental care doesn’t stop just because you’re pregnant. In fact, it’s even more important to maintain a healthy dental routine when pregnant. This is because pregnancy creates a much higher risk of developing a range of dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. The good news is that maintaining oral care isn’t hard! If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, this is a must read!
Unfortunately, there’s still a widespread belief that visiting the dentist while pregnant can be harmful to you or your baby. Studies have even shown that a large portion of women have this belief, which could put them at significant risk. At Smile Craft dental we understand that women might avoid seeing a dentist and we want to provide them with the true care that they require.
Not only can pregnant women go to the dentist during pregnancy, but they should! Leaving your oral health problems untreated over a period of 9 months can be extremely harmful and cause significant issues and long-term pain. It can also be seen that your health will have an impact on the wellbeing of your baby too!
Dentists advise that making regular trips to the dentist is the best way to maintain oral health. For many people, a check-up every six months is best. However, hormone changes and cravings can put your oral health at greater risk and as such, more regular check-ups may be required. It is important that a dentist checks the condition of your teeth and gums and recommends any adjustments to your oral care routine or carry out any treatments that may be needed.
Because we understand that regular dental appointments during pregnancy are not ideal, we recommend that if you are planning to get pregnant you should visit your dentist and get any outstanding dental issues taken care of first. Why? To reduce the risk of any complications which occur during pregnancy. This ensures a far less complex and pain-free nine months of pregnancy. However, if you are already pregnant, not to fear! We can still maintain your oral health effectively and safely.
A common concern that people have about visiting the dentist while pregnant is being exposed to radiation from x-rays. However, modern dental x-rays use shallow doses of radiation and a single dose is not usually high enough to cause any adverse effects to your baby’s health and wellbeing. Your dentist will also make sure your baby is protected from the radiation by using a range of protective measures. Although x-rays are safe, your dentist may still advise avoiding them during the first trimester. However, if you have a dental emergency during this time, x-rays may still be needed to help you maintain your oral care.
If you need to have a dental procedure while pregnant, anaesthetic can still be used safely to help you relax and numb the pain. It’s essential that you inform your dentist about your pregnancy so they can choose fitting anaesthetics and set suitable levels. If you have any questions or concerns about the type of anaesthetic they’re using our expert team will be able to provide you with the support and care which you need. The use of anaesthetics can be extremely beneficial, as they allow you to feel comfortable and as such, your body and your baby will be placed under less stress.
Extractions are not a comfortable procedure for anyone. As such the dentists at Smile Craft Dental will always try to save your tooth before resorting to tooth extraction. However, if your tooth is too severely infected by decay or injury to be corrected, it could put your oral health at risk and it may need to be removed. Furthermore, if tooth decay reaches the inside of your tooth where the nerve endings are, this can be extremely painful. Root canal treatment can stop the pain by removing the infected tissue and restoring the tooth with a natural-looking crown, so the tooth would not need to be extracted. This means that there a range of options for you, giving you the peace of mind that you can make decisions which set best with you.
Not only are these treatments safe but a range of others are too. This includes teeth whitening, root canals and even some orthodontic procedures. It’s best to book an appointment with your Dentist to ensure that treatments suit you and where you are at in your pregnancy.
So how else can you avoid oral issues throughout your pregnancy? If you already follow a healthy oral hygiene routine, that’s a great sign! It’s far less likely that you’ll need to improve dental problems throughout your pregnancy. As well as regular brushing and flossing, you should try to avoid acting on unhealthy cravings and make sure you keep up with your regular dental check-ups. You should also avoid brushing your teeth straight after morning sickness, as this can damage the enamel surface of your teeth. If you need any more tips and advice, look online or give us a call! We are always happy to provide you with information over the phone!
Contact Smile Craft Dental today and maintain your beautiful smile with us!