Pregnancy to-do lists typically have doctor visits, hospital tours and setting up the nursery but it is important to keep one more thing on that list – dental visits. 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.
Yes, maintaining oral health is directly related to good overall health. This is an important time in a woman’s life and reducing oral bacteria can help keep you and your baby healthy. Not only can you take care of cleanings and procedures such as fillings before your baby is born, but your family dentist can help you with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might experience.
Yes. Periodontal disease, inflammation of the gums causing bone loss around the tooth, has been shown to cause premature birth with low birth weight.
Pregnancy hormones can make women susceptible to oral diseases including:
Digital X-rays use much less radiation than older systems that use dental film. Studies have shown that using a lead apron will protect you and your fetus from radiation.
If you’re pregnant and need a filling, root canal or tooth pulled, one thing you don’t have to worry about is the safety of the numbing medications your dentist may use during the procedure. They are, in fact, safe for both you and your baby.
A study in the August 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association followed a group of pregnant women who had procedures that used anesthetics like lidocaine shots and a group that did not. The study showed these treatments were safe during pregnancy, as they cause no difference in the rate of miscarriages, birth defects, prematurity or weight of the baby.
Our team at Smileplicity Dentistry is knowledgeable and can answer any questions you have about your pregnancy and dental care. Call us at (919) 298-2308 or contact us online!