Pregnancy and Dental Care
“Can I go to the dentist while I am pregnant?” This is a question we hear often at our practice. Many women wonder whether or not they can safely visit their dentist for dental treatment during pregnancy. The short answer is, “Yes, most dental treatments are safe” [notes the American Dental Association]. In fact, pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay and gingivitis.
Did you know that poor oral health during pregnancy can contribute to “premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction. [according to the American Dental Association]? Dental care is vital during pregnancy and is not something that should be overlooked or ignored.
While you are pregnant, you will have an higher risk of developing gingivitis and will be more likely to have tooth decay or cavities. Pregnant women experience more acid in their mouth due to morning sickness, which can lead to cavities during pregnancy. There is a tendency to have an increase in inflammation and swelling in the gums due to hormonal changes as well as plaque buildup, more likely due to easy gag reflex and hardship of the brushing and flossing of the teeth in the back of the mouth.