Dental care during pregnancy
Pregnancy affects nearly every aspect of a woman's life,including her oral health.If you're pregnant, you may find yourself pondering over decisions you didn’t have to think about before. Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. You may be wondering whether having dental treatment (especially treatment that might involve local anesthetics) is safe for you and your developing baby. Preventive dental work while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth and low weight babies. Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe, but are recommended. Conditions to look out for during pregnancy include bleeding gums, dry mouth and morning sickness. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, consult your dentist.. If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time. While certain procedures like root canal treatment, extraction are inevitable sometimes, certain elective procedures like teeth whitening, replacement of missing teeth can be postponed till after delivery to avoid any possible harm to the child.
The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums. So maintaining a regimen of brushing and flossing while pregnant is exceptionally important. Also visit your dentist for cleaning procedure.
If you suffer from morning sickness brushing can become a impossible task for you since even the smell of toothpaste can induce vomiting sensation. Please don’t stop brushing even in these situations. Ask your Doc32 dentist for a mild flavor tooth paste which you can tolerate. At least rinse using a mix of water of baking soda instead of avoiding brushing altogether. The acid which enters your mouth during morning sickness can erode your dental enamel and cause tooth decay. Rinse your mouth properly to neutralize the effect of acid.
If dental work is needed, the amount of local anesthesia administered should be as little as possible, but still enough to make you comfortable. If you are experiencing pain, request additional numbing. If you are comfortable, the amount of stress on you and the baby is reduced. Also, when you are comfortable it is easier for the anesthesia to work.
Antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, and clindamycin, which are labeled category B for safety in pregnancy, may be prescribed after your procedure.
Dental X-rays, should be avoided throughout your entire pregnancy. However few studies say dental X-rays during your pregnancy is considered safe with appropriate shielding.