A common question from mothers who are expecting is whether it’s safe to have dental work done during pregnancy.
The short answer is that annual dental checkups and teeth cleanings are recommended for all patients, including pregnant women – and they’re entirely safe. Having this type of preventive dental care performed during pregnancy is important because it can reduce the risk of oral infections, which are linked to preterm birth.
It may also be a good idea to have necessary dental work done during pregnancy because the increase in hormone levels during pregnancy can negatively affect the health of your gums, increasing the likelihood of swelling, bleeding, and gum disease.
In addition, treating cavities and installing crowns can reduce your risk of infection. It is ideal to have this type of work done during the second trimester into your pregnancy. Many women opt to avoid the first trimester because it is most critical to fetal development. And having a dental job done later than the second trimester isn’t recommended because it can be difficult and uncomfortable for pregnant women to lay back in the dental chair for an extended period of time.
Are Medications Used in Dental Work Safe for Pregnant Women?
Dental procedures often require antibiotics during and after to prevent and treat infections. If you require antibiotics, there are several classes that are safe for use in pregnancy.
If there is a need for dental work during pregnancy, the amount of anesthesia used should make the patient comfortable but at as little an amount as possible.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?
X-rays are essential to dental work, especially when treating urgent situations. Diagnostic X-rays are safe with proper shielding, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
How Do I Address My Dental Needs While Pregnant?
There are a number of ways to address your dental needs when you are pregnant, including:
- Continue to undergo regular preventive exams and teeth cleanings
- Inform your dentist of your pregnancy
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily
- After the second trimester, postpone any nonemergency dental work
- Carry a pillow with you during dental procedures and checkups
- Postpone elective dental work until after the birth
If there is a need for nonemergency dental work during the third trimester of your pregnancy, it is recommended you postpone the procedure until after the birth. This will help you avoid the risk of premature labor as well as the discomfort of having to lay on your back in a dental chair for an extended period of time.
Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Pompano Beach, Florida
If you want the best dental care during your pregnancy, My Pompano Dentist is the place for you. Dr. Andrew Browne has the right expertise to provide absolute comfort and quality for all your oral health care needs. Contact us at (954) 941-2412 or request a consultation now for dental care personalized just for you.