Most dental work can be safely performed during pregnancy.
If you are expecting a baby, you’ll know that there are many factors to consider when it comes to your health. You may be wondering if you need to keep up with your regular dental appointments during this time. You must maintain good oral health during pregnancy, and one of the best ways to do this is to see your dentist for regular check-ups. Most dental treatments can be performing during pregnancy, although some cosmetic or elective procedures should be left until after the birth of your baby. Read on to find out more about dental care while you’re expecting, and why it’s best to address any oral health issues that you might have…
Which dental treatments are safe during pregnancy?
Most general dental treatments are safe during pregnancy. These include dental x-rays, tooth extractions and local anaesthesia. It is important, however, that you let your dentist know that you are pregnant so that any necessary adjustments can be made.
Dental fillings are also safe to perform during pregnancy. If you have a cavity that you need to be resolved, you might choose to schedule your filling for your second trimester when the risk of nausea has generally passed. Dental cleaning is also safe for pregnant women. The procedure is recommended during pregnancy as it can help to prevent and resolve gingivitis, a common issue during pregnancy.
What oral health issues can affect pregnant women?
Unfortunately, there are a few oral health issues that can affect pregnant women. It is, however, possible to resolve and manage these problems with regular dental visits.
Pregnant women are sometimes at increased risk of experiencing issues like tooth decay and cavities, especially if they suffer from morning sickness, as this can increase the acidity in the mouth. Other factors, such as cravings for processed and sugary foods, can also contribute to tooth decay. For this reason, it is advisable to schedule regular dental check-ups during your pregnancy so that any issues can be identified and treated before they become more complicated down the line. If your dentist identifies tooth decay while you are pregnant, it is best to have the problem resolved as early as possible. Your dentist is likely to recommend a dental filling to repair the damaged tooth.
Pregnancy gingivitis is another common issue. An increase in progesterone levels makes pregnant women more susceptible to developing plaque that can be harmful to the teeth. Some of the most common symptoms of gingivitis include swollen, tender and bleeding gums, as well as bad breath. Regular dental cleans can help to keep pregnancy gingivitis at bay and resolve the issue if it does develop.
How can we help?
At Somerset Dental Care, we offer a range of general dentistry services, including dental fillings. We provide composite fillings, which are very durable and can be colour-matched to fit in seamlessly with your natural teeth. If you would like to find out more about dental fillings at Somerset Dental Care, please have a look here.
If you are pregnant and would like to ensure that your oral health is on track, we encourage you to come in and see us. We offer check-up and cleans, which are very helpful in preventing complex dental problems and maintaining the condition of your teeth and gums. We can also help to improve your oral hygiene techniques by providing you with information and demonstrations and can address any questions or concerns that you have regarding your oral health throughout your pregnancy journey.
If you would like to arrange a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 02 4648 0909 or book an appointment online. Our priority is your comfort and we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile no matter which stage of life you are in.