Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dental Care and Pregnancy
By J. Brent Gorrell on August 04, 2015
In addition to seeing a regular doctor and obstetrician throughout pregnancy, women should continue to receive professional dental care. General dentistry services protect the health of the teeth and gums, which can help patients to avoid some potential pregnancy complications. While dental care during pregnancy can be very beneficial for our Mountain View patients, Dr. J. Brent Gorrell understands that there are likely to be many questions regarding how to care for the teeth while avoiding unnecessary risks. Here we answer some frequently asked questions regarding dental care and pregnancy.
Is dental care safe during pregnancy?
Yes, it is safe to continue to receive routine dental care throughout pregnancy. In fact, dental cleanings and exams are beneficial to pregnant women, as they have been shown to be at an increased risk of periodontal disease. Of course, to ensure that treatment is administered appropriately, it is important to share any information or concerns with your dentist.
How can dental care benefit my pregnancy?
General dentistry services help patients to keep the teeth and gums clean by removing plaque and tartar that have become trapped beneath the teeth and gums. If plaque and tartar are not removed, they can lead to oral health problems such as tooth decay, infection, and gum disease. In studies, gum disease has been linked to certain pregnancy complications, which include premature birth and low birth weight. Since pregnant women are already at an increased risk of developing gum disease, professional dental care is especially beneficial in maintaining good oral health and avoiding certain pregnancy complications.
Are there any dental treatments that I should avoid?
Dr. Gorrell is especially cautious about preserving a patient’s health, as well as their comfort, throughout pregnancy. For this reason, we recommend that patients avoid x-rays and any elective dental work for the duration of their pregnancy. While general dentistry treatments and any necessary restorative dentistry treatments should be completely safe, cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers are best left scheduled after a woman has given birth.
When should I see the dentist during pregnancy?
Patients should continue their regular schedule of seeing the dentist for routine dental exams at least once every six months. If a routine appointment shows the need for additional dental care, Dr. Gorrell will try to schedule follow-up appointments once a woman is out of her first trimester. This is to further ensure the comfort and safety of our patients.
What else can I do to protect my oral health?
The best way to protect oral health and enhance the professional dental care that is provided by Dr. Gorrell is to continue to practice good oral hygiene habits at home. The teeth should be brushed at least twice a day and flossed daily. Damaging oral health habits, such as nail biting and teeth grinding should be avoided, and foods and beverages that are high in starches, sugars, or acids should be kept to a minimum.
Professional dental care is important throughout a patient’s life and can be especially beneficial during pregnancy. If you have questions about dental care and pregnancy, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more. Dr. J. Brent Gorrell will be happy to provide you with quality dental care throughout your pregnancy.
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