When it comes to pregnancy, new mothers have been trained to question everything in order to protect the overall well-being of themselves and their baby. There is such a long list of things a mother has to avoid or take caution in doing during their pregnancy, but going to a dentist does not fall on that list. However, it is fair for any new mother to ask questions, because oral health falls into the overall well-being of mother and child, too.
Is it safe for me to go to the dentist?
Yes, yes and yes. The American Dental Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all encourage women to get dental care while pregnant. Besides informing your dentist of your pregnancy, nothing should change in terms of regular visits and cleanings – unless, of course, you are experiencing any symptoms that might be due to the pregnancy in general.
When do I tell my dentist I am pregnant?
Even if you think you might be pregnant, we suggest you tell your dentist. Not only will he/she be able to provide the best care knowing your full medical history, but they will also be more cautious in prescribing medication and local anesthetic for dental procedures.
Is it safe to undergo a dental procedure?
Once again, the answer is yes. If you are in need of a dental procedure, like a root canal or filling, while you are pregnant, do not wait until after the baby is born. It is not good for your own well-being to put your oral health on the backburner. Plus, it will be a lot more difficult to find the time once the baby is born. A 2015 study done by the Journal of the American Dental Association proved that local anesthetic is both safe for the mother and baby.
Don’t put off going to the dentist while you are pregnant. Talk to a dentist at Gulf Coast Dental today about any other concerns or questions you might have.