Caring for your teeth is especially important when you are pregnant. Not only are you caring for your own health but your unborn child’s as well. Gingivitis is a greater risk in women that are pregnant, due to the increase changes in hormones. It can make your gums bleed easier from the increased blood flow to the gums. They can be inflamed, or more sensitive as well. We can prevent this by routine brushing and flossing, and seeing your dentist more frequently for cleanings.
Are dental x-rays safe while pregnant?
Dental x-rays are considered safe with appropriate shielding. They contain radiation that is at a very low dosage. Your dental staff will use a lead apron that is placed on top of you and covers your chest/stomach/thyroid.
Is local anesthetics safe while pregnant?
Yes, the local anesthetics dentists use is safe for both yourself and the baby, at any stage of your pregnancy. It is possible you may need a filling, root canal or a tooth removed while you are pregnant, requiring for the dentist to give you freezing.
Should I leave my cavity until after I have given birth?
The answer is no, you should not prolong the bacteria that is in your mouth for longer then you need to. Having a healthy mouth free of bacteria directly affects your unborn baby. Leaving the tooth infected can cause bacteria to be passed to your baby.
If you have any more questions regarding your oral health while pregnant talk to your dentist at your next visit.